Switzerland: Blatter slams FIFA over VAR and 48 team World Cup plans

Former FIFA president Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter said 'it is too early' to implement VAR (Video Assistant Referees) at the upcoming World Cup in Russia and called plans to increase the number of teams to 48 for Qatar 2022 'wrong' as he spoke from Zurich in an interview released on Friday. Blaming the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for the introduction of VAR, Blatter explained it is... Еще not right to test the new system on such a big stage. «Most of the players and most of the referees participating [in the 2018 World Cup] have never used it in national or international leagues,» he said. Speaking of the possible decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams for the Qatar's tournament in 2022, the former FIFA president noted this format had already been tested in 1982. «We have realised that it is the wrong system to have three teams in a same group,» Blatter stated. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018, with a total of 64 matches set to be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia.

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