FIFA urges referees to take their time for video review

World Cup referees must ensure all the time used for video review is played at the end of each half — even if a stoppage takes 10 minutes.

FIFA's instructions to more than 100 match officials in Russia were outlined, two days ahead of the often-contentious technology making its World Cup debut.

"All the minutes, all the seconds, lost by VAR (video assistant referees) will be added at the end," Massimo Busacca, FIFA head of refereeing, said at a news conference. "We don't want to lose any seconds lost by any interruption."

The process for reviewing one of the most complex incidents that can be reviewed — a running confrontation involving all players — will take as long as needed.

"We will take all the possible time to see if there is a clear red card," said Busacca, who was a 2010 World Cup referee. "When it is related to match confrontation and not respecting the image (of football), we can even stay 10 minutes at the video to see exactly what happened."

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