Antoine Griezmann (Getty)
Kazan - The Video Assistant Referee system was used for the
first time in World Cup history on Saturday, when France were awarded a penalty
against Australia in Kazan.
The referee did not award a spot-kick but the VAR officials
ruled after a review that it was a penalty and Griezmann gave France a 1-0
Minutes later Australia drew level through a spot-kick of
their own although it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly
beating Hugo Lloris.
VAR has been used to varying degrees of success in Serie A
and the German Bundesliga, while FIFA used the system at the Confederations Cup
in Russia last year.
FIFA director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system
has been rushed in for the World Cup, but insists officials are ready and VAR
will help referees make better decisions in Russia.