Rabat – Morocco has become the first African country to use the video assistant referee (VAR) during a domestic game between Ittihad Athletic Sports of Casablanca (TAS) and El Jadida’s Difaa El Hassani on Saturday, November 9.
It was on the occasion of the first semi-final of the Throne Cup. And the second semi-final of the same competition, scheduled for today at 4 p.m (Moroccan time) between Hassania Agadir and Maghreb Athletic Tetouan in Marrakech, is also set to feature the video refereeing system.
Morocco’s Football Federation (FRMF) announced on November 8 that the he International Football Association Board ( IFAB) had granted its accord for Morocco to use the VAR for the first time in a local game.
Casablanca won yesterday’s first semi final game against El Jadida (1-0), qualifying for the final of Throne Cup. TAS won the game thanks to a 120th minute penalty decided by the video system.
The BBC reported that a committee from IFAB visited the Marrakech Stadium to look at the VAR set-up last week.
Morocco hosted a training session of VAR at the Mohammed VI Conference Palace in Skhirat near Rabat in September.