Print Edition - 2018-06-20  |  World Cup Special

Brazil asks for clarification over VAR use in their game against Switzerland

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Jun 20, 2018-

The Brazilian Football Confederation is questioning Fifa about the procedures used for video review during Brazil’s match against Switzerland at the World Cup. The confederation says it is asking Fifa to clarify if the system was used during two key second-half decisions that went against the five-time world champion in the 1-1 opening draw on Sunday. The first was a push on defender Miranda that aided Switzerland’s equaliser, and the second was a no-call that Brazil felt should have produced a penalty on a play involving forward Gabriel Jesus. The confederation says on Monday “these two actions constitute ... clear errors by the referee, which thus should form part of the reviewable decisions that are analyzed through VAR.” The confederation says it wants to know whether the plays were reviewed in any way, saying “transparency is of essence.” It also requests “video and audio recordings” that might have been used by the match officials during those plays. (AP)

 

Disgraced former chief Blatter to defy Fifa ban to attend World Cup

LAUSANNE: Disgraced former Fifa chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said on Monday. Blatter is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign at the head of Fifa. The 82-year-old was suspended for six years by Fifa in February 2016 from any football-related activity over a 1.8-million-euro payment to Michel Platini. Blatter was replaced at the head of Fifa by Gianni Infantino. Despite his ban, Blatter has on several occasions said he would respond favourably to an invitation from Putin to come and see the World Cup in Russia. Fifa said it had no comment on Blatter’s trip, the Swiss national slated to fly to Moscow on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Portugal-Morocco Group B match in the Russian capital. He was also scheduled to attend Brazil’s Group E match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday before returning to Switzerland. (AFP)

Published: 20-06-2018 07:44

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