Rabat – Will the controversy over video assistant referee (VAR) ever be addressed? FIFA has invited coaches and presidents of its 211 football associations across the globe to attend a conference on the 2018 World Cup, which took place in Russia from June 14 to July 15.
The world’s governing football body announced Monday, July 30, that it will host a conference on the recent World Cup on September 23 in London.
The head coach of Morocco’s football team, Herve Renard, and the chairman of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa will both take part in the event.
According to FIFA’s FIFA , the conference aims to analyze “FIFA’s flagship competition from the technical and tactical angles.”
FIFA added that the meeting will compare the 2018 World Cup with the previous tournaments, as well as discuss the implementation and impact of VAR.
FIFA knows that several football teams and thousands of fans were not satisfied with the use of VAR throughout the Russia tournament. But FIFA may not choose to admit the alleged mistakes committed by referees in several games due to the “unjust” use of VAR.
The football organization has denied all accusations against VAR and its referees, arguing that when using VAR, referees’ decisions were 99.3 percent correct.
According to FIFA’s figures, VAR analyzed 335 incidents, including all goals, an average of 6.9 incidents analyzed per match.
Morocco was one among several football teams to complain that VAR was not used to judge fouls in Morocco’s favor in its Potugal game, but the technology was used to allow an equalizer for Spain in Morocco’s last game.
The issue caused Moroccan football fans to launch a petition to denounce the lack of VAR use in the Portugal game.
Morocco World News contacted FIFA to ask about its stance on Moroccan fans’ accusations, but FIFA did not respond.
In its Monday statement, FIFA said that the unprecedented meeting will be organized, hosting several symposiums for technical experts of confederations and members of football associations.
“The World Cup in Russia has been a success both on and off the field, and with this conference we want to discuss the technical and tactical aspects identified in the field by our experts, while listening to feedback from our team,” said Deputy Secretary General of FIFA Zvonimir Boban.