VIDEO replays will be used at the World Cup for the first time and talks are underway with potential sponsors to appear when the technology is used, a FIFA executive said yesterday.Soccer’s rule-making panel met to assess recent trials ahead of video assistant referees (VAR) being officially approved by FIFA for use in Russia in June and July.“Definitely VAR will happen,” FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc’h told The Associated Press. “It’s great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing.”Referees were assisted for the first time by high-tech aids at a World Cup in 2014 when goal-line technology was used. That system sees a message instantly flash on referees’ watches saying only whether the ball crossed the line.Video replays could lead to delays in games in Russia as different angles are reviewed, presenting an opportunity for FIFA to brand up the segment on the global broadcast feed.“We are talking to various technological companies who are very interested with what we are doing on the technology side of things,” Floc’h said on board the World Cup trophy tour plane during a stop at London Stansted Airport.The final decision on allowing replays to become part of the rules of the game falls to the International Football Association Board on March 2 when its annual meeting is held at FIFA.Replays are used when there is a “clear and obvious error” involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.
The president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), Giorgos Girtzikis, and 21 other people who served as executive board members from 2005 to 2012, will stand trial for financial felonies, according to local media reports this week.Six of the accused are serving on the current board, while three are former EPO presidents.A prosecutor recommended on Tuesday that the EPO strongman and other suspects should be held accountable for financial losses incurred by the federation, amounting to around 29 million euros, which it paid out to a company as part of a deal to issue compulsory health cards to professional soccer players which was never fully implemented according to plan. Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares
SAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Saturday’s First Utility Super League game at Catalans.Mark Percival and Shannon McDonnell are recalled to the side.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 28. Morgan Knowles.The Dragons are without Paul Aiton, Louis Anderson, Greg Mounis, Richie Myler, Krisnan Inu and Olivier Elima whilst Vincent Duport and Willie Mason will also miss the game through injury.Dave Taylor and Pat Richards have recovered from injury and are back in the squad – winger Jordan Sigismeau set to make his first appearance of the season.1. Tony Gigot, 2. Jodie Broughton, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Todd Carney, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Jason Baitieri, 14. Dave Taylor, 15. Julian Bousquet, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 18. Thomas Bosc, 20. Fouad Yaha, 21. Morgan Escaré, 22. Antoni Maria, 24. Thibaud Margalet, 26. Jordan Sigismeau, 27. Lucas Albert, 30. Romain Navarrete.The game kicks off at 5pm (UK Time) and the referee is Chris Campbell.Ticket details can be found here.
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