5/15/2018 12:14:18 AM (GMT+3)

VAR will benefit referees, teams and fans: Boban

VAR will benefit referees, teams and fans: Boban

MOSCOW, Russia: FIFA's Deputy Secretary General and legendary Croatian player Zvonimir Boban said that VAR is set to benefit referees, teams and fans in the FIFA World Cup in Russia next month.

"I can be as excited as I was in 1998 when, for the very first time in the history of my country, we played a World Cup. If you are defeated, or if you are a winner, it doesn't matter. You are playing in a piece of history," Boban told FIFA.com. "You can't feel or see it in other sports. All the world gathers in one place, with a million different colours and an incredible passion for their teams and players."

The former Croatian legend said he is as excited as he was in 1998 when he played in France. 

"I am a part of history and I am thrilled to be a part of it," he added. "Whatever happens, you’re taking part in one piece of history. We’re going to live a part of history in Russia for our sport. I’m excited but let’s say I’m more serious about the job I have to perform obviously! (laughs) We have an incredible partner and the Russian state is fully committed to running a great World Cup."

He said FIFA wants to protect the referees as they are human beings too. 

"The philosophy of VAR is that we are searching for more fairness in the game. Everything at this FIFA World Cup will be shown on screens in the stadia: footage, clear wording. In terms of communications, this will mean a lot for the fans. 

"Referees are human beings, they’re not only referees. We also want to protect the destinies of players and to protect the investment made for many years that can vanish in one second because of the referee’s human eye—the referee’s a human being who can commit errors. What we’re doing is a clear sign of something that should have been done a long time ago," said Boban. (Pic credit: FIFA.com)