Video replays on IFAB agenda

Stefan Kiessling’s phantom goal is cited by video replay activists in support of the technology. (getty Images)

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will discuss the possible use of ‘sin bins’ and video replays at their AGM next month.

The agenda for the 128th meeting was released this week and included the items under the ‘other business’ heading.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will chair the meeting in Zurich. However, no decision on “sin bins” or video replays will be made on March 1.

Video replays are currently being trialed in the Netherlands, where goal-line technology was also tested before its approval by IFAB. The Dutch amateur leagues are also trialing “sin-binning,” which is used in rugby.

The use of video technology to assist the referee has strong opposition with FIFA and UEFA, most notably from Michel Platini, who instead prefers the use of two additional assistant referees behind each goal – a system used in the UEFA Europa League and the Champions League.

Both video replays and “sin-bins” were items on the manifesto of FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne, who launched his campaign last month.

Zurich’s meeting will be the first for IFAB since officially becoming an independent association last month.

Other items on the agenda include the use of head covers, and the placing of slogans or advertising on undergarments. The latter proposal is something the FA wants a complete ban on.

Curitiba to Open in April

Construction in Curitiba has been slow. (Getty Images)

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke says there is no “plan B” for Brazil as he announced that all World Cup stadia will be completed by April.

That includes the troubled host city Curitiba, which Valcke had warned organisers could be thrown out should it not meet FIFA’s extended deadline of February 18 to prove it could fulfill its hosting duties.

But at the SpoBis business conference in Dusseldorf this week, Valcke was quoted as saying that FIFA was satisfied with the latest promises.

“The stadium in Curitiba will be finished in late April,” Valcke said. “We have no plan B and do not even need a plan B.

“There was a crisis meeting a few days ago about the current state of construction and we have received overall satisfactory answers.”

The Frenchman was recently a visitor to the Curitiba stadium, which is due to host four group matches: Spain-Australia, Honduras-Ecuador, Iran-Nigeria, and Algeria-Russia.

Six out of the 12 stadia are still yet to be completed. The World Cup kicks off in less than six months.

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By INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge  

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