FIFA referee chief Pierluigi Collina urges World Cup officials to avoid using technology if they can
Don’t lean on VAR like a crutch! FIFA referee Pierluigi Collina urges World Cup officials to avoid tech if they can – with semi-automatic offside system also available at Qatar winter tournament
FIFA referees supremo Pierluigi Collina has warned World Cup officials to only use technology as a last resort later this year in Qatar.
This year’s World Cup, which starts in November, will be one of the most technologically advanced in history.
The use of VAR will be available in the tournament, while a semi-automatic offside system will also be implemented, capable of sending real-time offside warnings to the video match officials.
Pierluigi Collina has warned World Cup officials to use technology only as a last resort in Qatar
The FIFA referees supremo (pictured) is widely regarded as one of the greatest referees of all time
But the chief of umpires for the governing body of world football, Collina, has told all officials who will be involved in the World Cup not to use technology as a professional crutch.
“Our aim is to prepare the referee as best we can to avoid using technology, but technology is there to reduce the chance of human error that could affect the outcome of a match,” Collina said.
“Even the best referee can make a mistake; he’s human and we know that.’
Semi-automatic offside technology and VAR will be available to officials in Qatar this winter
Meanwhile, Mexican Karen Diaz hopes that one of six women, in addition to Stéphanie Frappart (above) to participate in a men’s World Cup, will provide opportunities for more women
Meanwhile, Mexican official Karen Diaz hopes to be one of six women – alongside referees Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan), and assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA) – to participate in a FIFA World Cup for men opens up opportunities for more women.
“I feel very lucky and am very grateful to all the people who have given me this opportunity,” said Diaz.
“We need to make sure this isn’t the only time women are selected, but the first of many to come.”