Sepp Blatter: Football To Trial TV Referral System from 2015

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed that a TV replay system is likely to be trialled next year. The tool, similar to that already seen in rugby, cricket, tennis and American football, would allow coaches to challenge a referee’s decision.

According to BBC reports, the 78-year-old, speaking via video link at Manchester’s Soccerex, revealed the plans to give coaches at least one challenge per half during games, while he also confirmed his intention to stand for re-election.

“They have the right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision but only when the game is stopped,” he said. “Then, there must be a television monitor but by the television company and not by another referee.

“And then the referee and the coach, they will go then to look, and then the referee may change his mind, as it is the case in tennis, for instance.

“It can only be done where there is television coverage of all the matches,” added Blatter. “Or in one Fifa competition, we can try in a youth competition, an Under-20, like next year when we are in New Zealand.”

Blatter also spoke about his desire to win a fifth term of office as FIFA boss, saying: “You see a mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished, I got through the last congress in Sao Paulo not only the impression but the support of the majority, a huge majority of national associations asking: ‘Please go on, be our president also in future.'”

The source states that five of Fifa’s six continental bodies have already announced their support for Blatter, with only Europe publicly opposing him.

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