Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) has agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees for the Premier League games. Dire Tube has learnt.
EFF has sent letters and documents for FIFA asking for help to start Video Assistance Referees (VAR), which allows disputed incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays, and the technology was used at the World Cup in Russia this year.
Referees were attacked by players and fans in Ethiopian Primer leagues following the dispute following decisions made by officials.
Last year, in a match away at Defence, Welwalo Adigrat University players and coaching staff first chased, then attacked, the referee after he ruled the ball had crossed the line and awarded a goal to the hosts. After attempts to defend himself with a corner flag failed, the official was punched in the face by a member of the Welwalo coaching staff. The coach has since been sacked, and the league has been suspended by the Ethiopian FA.
The video assistant referee (VAR) is a football assistant referee who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.
In 2018, VARs were written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) following trials in a number of major competitions.
Replacing the former first division which was established in 1944, the Ethiopian Premier League is the top association football division in Ethiopia. Regulated by the Ethiopian Football Federation.