Conmebol implements the change requested by the fans: the referees will explain their decisions live after checking the VAR

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An explanation live on the microphone that will be heard by all the fans present at the stadium and, obviously, by those watching on television.. Conmebol announced that this Thursday, during the revenge match of South American Cup Winners’ Cup between Fluminense AND League of Quito from Ecuador, will implement a change requested by football fans, which has already been used in other competitions, but which for the first time will be used in a continental-level tournament.

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“For the use of this innovative refereeing tool, CONMEBOL has carried out technological protocol tests, together with the Broadcast Department and the Corps of International Referees belonging to the institution”, the body that regulates the game of football said in a statement South American.

Likewise, its use has had the approval of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the international association responsible for defining the rules of football at a global level, and of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), the world football regulator.

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“This explanatory procedure aims to make the final decisions of the referee after the VAR review known live, both to the stadium public and to the television viewers,” Conmebol indicated.

The first tournament in which this system was used was the 2022 Club World Cup, held in February 2023, in which Real Madrid – champion -, Flamengo, Seattle Sounders, Wyad Casablanca, Al-Ahly, Al-Hilal and Auckland participated City. It was also used in the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia (20 July-20 August).

How does the arbitration explanation work?

The already known procedure will only be changed once the decision has been made in front of the VAR review booth. The referee will approach the playing field, activate his microphone – the same one he uses as an intercom – and communicate the decision live, with clear words that do not cause confusion.

As is known, the presence of the main judge at the VAR does not guarantee that an initial decision will be changed, but this must also be communicated live.

Fluminense for the comeback and Independiente del Valle for the glory

Nobody hurt Fluminense more than the Liga de Quito. To prevent his nemesis from hurting him again, Rio Tricolor promises to give his life in the second leg final of the Recopa Sudamericano which will be played this Thursday at the Maracaná.

The name Liga de Quito has a double effect in Rio de Janeiro: for flu fans it is synonymous with nightmare; For rivals, an argument to make fun of the team led by former Brazilian coach Fernando Diniz.

The Ecuadorians historically deprived Fluminense of winning an international trophy, until the Cariocas won it for the first time last year by beating Argentina’s Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores final.

Photo: AP/Dolores OchoaPhoto: AP/Dolores Ochoa

In 2008 they defeated them in the Libertadores final. A year later, in the Copa Sudamericana.

And last Thursday, at the height of Quito, they took a 1-0 lead in the first leg of the competition pitting the champions of South America’s most important club tournaments.

“But we are very good. We are preparing as best we can to give our all on the pitch, with the belief that we will come out with everything to return. They are ninety very important minutes to win a cup that Fluminense doesn’t have,” the goalscorer said on Tuesday Argentinian Germán Cano.

As regards the Cariocas’ preparation for the match (9.30pm Argentine time, ESPN television), however, a black cloud appeared: the physical situations of the starting full-backs Marcelo and Samuel Xavier.

“It will depend on how they react to training,” Diniz said on Sunday, after suffering a painful 2-0 defeat against its arch-rival, Flamengo, in the penultimate match of the regular phase of the state tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

Creator of a signature football admired for his offensive and attractive approach, albeit with defensive cracks, Diniz opted for a mixed roster for the Carioca Championship derby, in which they have already qualified for the semi-finals.

Diogo Barbosa and Guga, who started in Quito due to Samuel Xavier’s suspension, played on the left and right flank respectively. If the holders of both positions do not recover, they should both be present in the rematch against the League.

There will also be something new in attack: the promising striker John Kennedy, scorer of the winning goal against Boca, will be able to go to the bench after paying a suspension that excluded him from the first leg.

If the flu vows to give its all, the League promises an epic resistance in the hunt for its third Recopa Sudamericana, after the victories of 2009 and 2010, which would at the same time be its sixth international title.

“We will leave everything there,” warned Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Piovi before departing for Brazil.

With the possibility of winning his first trophy in South America, on the eve of the start of the Ecuadorian championship, the Spanish coach Josep Alcácer has embarked with his main pieces.

Although his assistant, the Argentine Adrián Gabbarini, will be in the game again, because the Iberian does not yet have the license required by Conmebol to conduct on South American soil.

His big doubt, according to the Ecuadorian press, is whether he will focus from the start on Paraguayan center forward Alex Arce, scorer of the last-gasp goal in the first leg (90+2), or whether he will keep the eleven that paid off in Quito .

Source: Clarin

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