CAF has announced that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in the finals of both the Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
Rabat – The decision follows the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee’s approval of using VAR at its meeting September 27-28 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The move comes after the latest refereeing technology was used successfully during the CAF Super Cup in February in Casablanca between Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) and Congo’s TP Mazembe.
For the first time VAR will be used in the CAF Champions League final.
VAR was used in the first phase of the Champions League final between the Egyptian club, Al Ahly, and Tunisia’s Es Tunis. The teams played in Egypt at Borg El Arab stadium in Cairo yesterday. Al Ahly took home the victory 3-1, scoring two goals on VAR-awarded penalties.
VAR was first widely used in the football world during the 2018 Russia World Cup. FIFA considered it “largely successful.”
“We used it for the Super Cup last February without any hitches and are delighted to go a step further,” CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy said.
“This is another historic moment for African football. CAF is determined to use the latest innovative technologies available,” Fahmy added.