"To eliminate a clear scandal in football, the mistake that after many years you still remember", FIFA's head of refereeing Massimo Busacca said Thursday of technology created to help referees avoid and correct errors within seconds. The system is created to assist the referees in four situations: goals, penalties, red card incidents and player identity.
Still, video-assisted decisions this month at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea and worldwide friendly matches have been widely debated.
Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russian Federation, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.
Both teams were lined up on the pitch for an unusual pre-match protocol, looking up at the VIP boxes to hear from Russia's leader and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, before being able to complete their preparations.
Ever since Sepp Blatter announced Russian Federation as the host of next year's World Cup, there have been doubts cast upon the nation's ability to hold the event, and many of these doubts were focused on the stadiums, namely Krestovsky Stadium.
At the Under-20 World Cup, one decision causing confusion after advice from referee assistants watching replays was a red card for an Italy defender in a quarterfinals win over Zambia. Replays provoked doubt if the Zambia forward was fouled at all.
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The Portugal star Ronaldo, who was accused of tax evasion of around 14.7 million euros between 2011 and 2014 last week. Mourinho has reportedly defrauded Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012, prosecutors say.
The future of the Confederations Cup is uncertain given the strain it puts on clubs, players and World Cup organisers, German Football Association President Reinhard Grindel said on Wednesday. "We are not afraid". The competition serves as a warm-up for the World Cup, played out a year before the sport's largest event. "So far, we are not much valued".
"The game didn't go how we wanted to go", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson acknowledged.
"Those (teams) also have players from the Bundesliga (German top division) who will not come back early and be fully fit". "We must start with our small footballers who train here", he said.
Referees had also been instructed to be more accurate in adding time for major delays such as injuries and substitutions and to prevent more time-wasting, van Basten said.
While FIFA has learned from other sports which adopted video review much earlier, it is not ready to follow the National Football League or rugby in having referees announce their decisions or be wired for sound to broadcast how they reach a decision.
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