Video Assistant Referee to be used for Asian Qualifiers

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used for the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers, scheduled to be held in September, said AFC officials.
The utilization of the VAR system will be the very first time for the football confederation in the Asian Qualifiers.
“The VAR system, which aims to provide minimum interference with maximum benefit, is limited to four game-changing decisions or incidents, specifically – goal or no goal, penalty-kicks, direct red cards and mistaken identity decisions,” AFC officials said.
“The VAR was first adopted in Asia from the Quarter-final stage of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 before it was implemented across 32 matches at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
‘‘Last season, the VAR was also used from the Quarter-final stage of the AFC Champions League, the first time in AFC club competition history, and it will make a return from the same stage in 2021.
“Additionally, the VAR system will also be used for the first time in the 2021 AFC Cup final,” football authorities added. —GNLM

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