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Portugal to introduce video refereeing from next season in a bid to reduce margin of error

Lisbon: Video refereeing will be used in all matches in the Portuguese championship next season, just the latest country to bring in technology to help beleaguered officials.

The Portuguese football federation (FPF) said on Thursday it hoped the move will end disputes, particularly between major clubs Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.

This is a representational image. Getty Images

This is a representational image. Getty Images

"We are convinced that it will be very important in reducing the margin of error," Fernando Gomes, chairman of the FPF, said in a statement.

The technology will be given its first major test in the final of the Portuguese Cup between Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes on 28 May.

Football has been slow to embrace video technology in comparison with sports such as cricket and American football, but it is now quickly gaining traction.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last month that video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia for the first time.

Video technology will also be used for the first time in France in the end-of-season play-offs this month, while Australia's A-League is also embracing it and there have been tests in Germany, Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands.

Published Date: May 04, 2017 23:10 PM | Updated Date: May 04, 2017 23:10 PM

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