Brazil’s Serie A seeks FIFA approval for video referee

Rio De Janeiro, Sep 12 (IANS) Brazil’s football confederation (CBF) on Friday revealed plans to use video technology to assist referees in the country’s top domestic league.

The confederation is seeking approval from world football’s governing body FIFA to implement the initiative in next year’s Brazilian Serie A championship, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We know that it’s impossible for human beings to be completely error-free,” CBF chief Marco Polo Del Nero said in a statement.

“That’s why the clubs and the CBF will request approval from FIFA to use TV images to help referees. We want Brazil to be a leader in the process of introducing this technology in football, setting an example for other leagues around the world.”

Under the plan, video referees will be used “to correct mistakes that could alter the result of a match”, the CBF said.

It was not clear if match officials would be able to refer decisions to a video referee or if the latter would act pro-actively to correct errors already made.

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