Alex Kotey hints of introducing VAR in Ghana

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The referees’ manager of Ghana Football Association, Alexander Neequaye Kotey, has disclosed that FIFA is talking to the referees’ department of the Ghana Football Association on the possibility of introducing the Video Assistant Referee in Ghana.

Following extensive experimenting in some major competitions, VAR was first written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2018. Operating under the philosophy of “minimal interference, maximum benefit”.

In a conversation with Accra-based Asempa FM, Kotey said the Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) is ready to support Ghana to buy VAR sets at our various match centres which will help the referees to officiate properly.

He said: “… FIFA has brought a logistics to the Ghana Football Association about the distribution of Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

“And it is an excellent point to use VAR in Ghanaian stadiums during match days. We have to use the VAR and FIFA is ready to support us and I believe it is an innovation that is now part of refereeing. Maybe FIFA will give us three years to prepare for it.”

Morocco became the first African nation to use the VAR in a Cup semifinal in November 2019. VAR was used at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt from the quarter-final stages.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Sports/2020



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