Retrospective Red Cards

It has been confirmed that referees will be able to give red cards for off-the-ball incidents spotted by VAR, even if play has restarted. In early February, it was announced that VAR would be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia (read here) and now the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has explained also, for the first time, retrospective red cards will be given.

The IFAB believe that the event of retrospective red cards will not happen often and only for extremely serious offences such as biting, spitting or offensive gestures. VAR has already faced criticism from fans, players and managers. More here.