FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L) and Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag (R) speak during a press conference prior to the FIFA Executive Football Summit in Amsterdam, on January 16, 2018.
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Whether the video assistant referee will feature at the World Cup finals is yet to be decided, but there are fears the system could spell trouble for Russia 2018 .The aim of the VAR system is to eradicate blatant refereeing errors – for example, Diego Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" goal at the 1986 World Cup finals.The system is being tested in Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A this season.The technology also regularly broke down in the opening weeks, which dented further confidence in the system with one eye on the World Cup.Mistakes have been made even though referees in Italy and Germany trained with the system for a year before using the VAR during league matches.A national training unit is about to open in Coverciano, Florence, where FIFA will send referees to learn how to use the VAR system.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said he wants VAR technology at the 2018 World Cup.
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