Was history made at the Club World Cup? Referee uses video evidence for Kashima Antlers penalty

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Referee Viktor Kassai checks the video evidence

“History made at the Club World Cup”

The first semi-final of the Club World Cup was played on Wednesday in Japan, as Atletico Nacional played Kashima Antlers.

For the first time ever in FIFA competition, the Club World Cup utilised video assistance for referees and in the first half of this game, it was used.

Kashima Antlers swung a cross into the box from a free-kick and a foul on Daigo by Orlando Berrio meant that referee Viktor Kassai went over to check video of the incident.

Kassai checked the video for 30 seconds and awarded the spot kick.

“The first time at a FIFA competition…”

Shoma Doi scored the penalty and FIFA have been congratulating themselves ever since.

On Instagram, FIFA wrote: “History was made today at the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final between Atlético Nacional and Kashima Antlers. Referee Viktor Kassai conducted an on-field review after receiving info from the video assistant referee before awarding the Japanese hosts a penalty. It was the first time at a FIFA competition, video replay technology has helped the referee in a match-changing situation.”

However, despite the undoubted progress made by FIFA by using video evidence at the Club World Cup, this is not the first time such an incident has happened in FIFA competition.

Zinedine Zidane was undoubtedly sent off in the 2006 World Cup final with the assistant referee using video evidence.

It will be intriguing to see whether Zinedine Zidane is questioned about this, with Real Madrid contesting the other Club World Cup semi-final and expected to win the tournament.


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