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Morocco Becomes 1st African Nation to Use VAR in Local Football Game

Morocco used VAR in yesterday’s domestic game that featured Casablanca’s Ittihad Athletic Sports and El Jadida’s Difaa El Hassani.

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.

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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.