Video replays to aid refs?

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Michel Platini (AFP)
Michel Platini (AFP)

Berlin - Football bosses meeting in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday will discuss the possibility of allowing match officials to use video replays.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) agenda lists "video replay for match officials" under any other business at the conclusion of the meeting.

Regardless of the outcome of the discussion, changing the rules will not happen quickly. It is most likely that the matter will be referred to further committees for more detailed analysis and proposals.

Not up for discussion is the so-called 'triple punishment' of a penalty kick, red card and future suspension for professional fouls inside the box.

Several prominent figures including Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and club president Uli Hoeness have said the rule should be changed.

UEFA president Michel Platini is also in favour, saying: "It would be nice if FIFA listened to the voice of the football world. The triple punishment is too much." But Jonathan Ford, the Welsh IFAB member, has already ruled out this possibility. "

We have not been successful at solving this in the past because we have not found a better way," he said in an interview in January.

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