Video referees could be used for first time at 2018 Russia World Cup

Video referees could be used at next year's World Cup in Russia for the first time, the head of FIFA has said.

Speaking in Chile, Gianni Infantino said he hoped the technology would be introduced "because we've had nothing but positive feedback so far".

He said: "In 2017, when everyone in the stadium or at home can see within seconds if the referee made a mistake, we can't have a situation where the only one who can't see it is the referee."

The decision would need to be confirmed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which governs the laws of the game.

The IFAB AGM is scheduled to take place in March of next year.

Video assistance was used in a FIFA competition for the first time at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.

It is used to support referees making "game-changing" decisions on goals, penalties, red cards or cases of mistaken identity.

While acknowledging that "little hiccups" needed to be ironed out before it could be brought to the World Cup, Mr Infantino had already indicated last month that he wanted to introduce it.

The "hiccups" included slow decision-making, but the FIFA president said this would get quicker with training.

"The referees... will be able to take decisions much faster when they use it more often," he said.

There have been controversial decisions in the Premier League that could perhaps have been avoided had video referees been available.

In December, Robert Snodgrass, who was playing for Hull at the time, denied accusations of diving during a match against Crystal Palace.

The Scotland international was the focus of much of the post-match discussion, having given Hull the lead from the penalty spot after going down in the area, despite replays suggesting that Palace defender Scott Dann had made no contact with him.

Snodgrass tweeted after the match: "Apologies from my end.

"It was never a penalty, but genuinely thought defender was going to slide, so tried to ride the tackle."

In 2014, referee Andre Marriner "expressed his disappointment to Arsenal" after sending defender Kieran Gibbs off by mistake, when it should have been his Gunners teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It involved a hand-ball incident that resulted in a penalty.

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