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Assistant refs will not flag down for tight offside calls

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World Cup assistant referees have been told to keep their flag down for tight offside calls to enable VAR to make the correct decision, says Fifa referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina.

Russia 2018 will be the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee system.



“If you see some assistant referee not raising the flag it’s not because he’s making mistakes,” said Collina.

“It’s because he’s respected the instruction to keep the flag down.”

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Italian former referee Collina was speaking at the World Cup referees media briefing on Tuesday.

“They were told to keep the flag down when there is a tight offside incident and there could be a very promising attack or a goal-scoring opportunity because if the assistant referee raises the flag then everything is finished,” he said.

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“If the assistant referee keeps the flag down and the play goes on and maybe a goal comes at the end, there is a chance to review the goal using the technology.”

Fifa president Gianni Infantino confirmed in March that VAR would be used in Russia, having been used in Germany and Italy and trialled in in some domestic English cup games last season.

The VAR – a current or former top referee – is in place to check decisions on four sorts of incidents:

  • Goals, including ‘missed’ attacking offences in the build-up

  • Penalties awarded and not awarded, including ‘missed’ attacking offences in the build-up

  • Direct red cards

  • Cases of mistaken identity where the wrong player is shown a red or yellow card

The referee can accept the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team, an option usually reserved for objective calls of fact, such as if a player is offside.

For more subjective decisions such as red cards and penalty-area fouls, he can review the footage on a pitchside television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.

Replays of incidents reviewed by the VAR will be shown on big screens during the World Cup and the crowd will also be told when a decision is being reviewed and why a decision has been reached.

However, the replays will not be shown inside the ground while the referee is making a decision, only afterwards, so the official is not influenced by the crowd.

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Ethiopia give credence to women in the new cabinet.

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As at Tuesday morning, Ethiopia’s parliament The House of Peoples Representatives, HPR, was meeting to discuss a range of issues tabled by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

At the core of discussions was to define the power and duties of the executive organ, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

Also to be discussed is the approval of a new downsized cabinet as agreed by the Council of Ministers last week. The independent Addis Standard portal reported that the new cabinet of twenty will have ten women appointees.

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The newly created Ministry for Peace the protal reports will go to Speaker of the House Muferiat Kamil under whose portfolio will be other federal security agencies.

The defense ministry is also to be handed for the first time in the country’s history to a woman, Aisha Mohammed, till now was Minister of Construction. Dagmawit Mogus, deputy mayor of Addis Ababa heads to Ministry of Transport.

Abiy’s right hand man Workneh Gebeyehu is expected to stay at Foreign Affairs whiles former government communications minister will head to finance as Abiy’s office takes full charge of communications, reports have suggested.

List of some appointees

1 – Ministry of Trade and Industry: Fetleworq G. Begziabher
2 – Ministry of Agriculture: Amlaku Amsalu
3 – Ministry of Finance: Ahmed Shide
4 – Ministry of Peace: Muferiat Kemal
5 – Ministry of Defence: Aisha Mohammed
6 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Workneh Gebeyehu
7 – Aisha Mohammed: Innovation & Technology Ministry
8 – Adanech Abbeebbee, Minister of Revenue
9 – Dagmawit Mogus: Minister of Transport

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Seychelles sets out for revenge against Bafana Bafana.

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Seychelles are set to take on South Africa in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group E match.

The encounter will be played at the Stade Linite in Victoria on Tuesday, October 16.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.



The Pirates were thumped 6-0 by South Africa in a Group E encounter which was played in Johannesburg over the weekend, a defeat that left Seychelles placed fourth on the group standings without a single point from three games. They are four points behind third-placed Libya.

The Southern African side will be hoping to secure their maiden win in the qualifying campaign. 

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Meanwhile, South Africa are brimming with confidence after humiliating a hapless Seychelles side.

The win took Bafana Bafana to the top of the group standings with seven points from three games. They are a point above second-placed Nigeria.

The Southern African giants will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the standings with a win in Seychelles.

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