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FIFA to implement a TV referral system

Sepp Blatter to consider allowing managers to challenge refereeing decisions

September 9, 2014 By Miguel Solorzano
The FIFA president announced on Monday that he will address this matter and hopes to put it in practice soon.

Sepp Blatter officially started his re-election campaign on Monday in a video interview given at the Soccerex Global Forum in Manchester.

Besides from announcing his plans to contend for a fifth term as FIFA president, he announced that he is already considering a TV referral system that would allow managers to challenge refereeing decisions via instant replay. 

Blatter explained how the system would work in practice as follows:

"Coaches should have the right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision, but only when the game is stopped.

"Then there must be a television monitor, but by the television company and not by another referee.

"And then the referee and the coach, they will go then to look, and then the referee may change his mind, as is the case in tennis, for instance."

The Swiss also told that he would like to have this implemented by early 2015 in an upcoming U-20 competition. 

"Or in one FIFA competition, we can try in a youth competition to do so, an under-20, like next year, we are in the under-20 in New Zealand. So we could test such challenge calls."


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