VIDEO: History made at the FIFA Club World Cup as ref uses video replayPublished December 14, 2016
History was made in the Club World Cup on Wednesday when Hungarian official Viktor Kassai awarded a penalty after using video technology. Kassai was officiating the semi-final between Kashima Antlers and Atletico Nacional when he awarded the Japanese side the spot-kick.
After a half an hour of play, Kassai pointed to the spot. Antlers full-back Daigo Nishi had been fouled by Atletico’s Orlando Berrio, something was brought to his attention by an official who was monitoring the game pitchside. Kassai didn’t initially see the incident nor did any of his assistants.
While it is a progressive development for football, to be able to use this technology, it will inevitably cause debate. The amount of time between the foul and the decision was disruptive. How many of these calls would we see a game? Think of every tug of the shirt we see at a set-piece.
We’re not saying that we want our game to keep its shirt-tugging ways but it could transform football into something unrecognisable. Then again, it must be said, this is a trial run and they’re working out the quirks.
First penalty awarded on video review in a FIFA competiton today. Better late than never... https://t.co/r1eKmouoUm— Eoin Ryan (@eoinryan101) December 14, 2016