A Spanish citizen named Francisco Lopez has announced he is the first person to introduce an idea for a video playback system, which is now known as the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) and is being introduced in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And now FIFA gets sued 15 million euros in compensation for the invention of VAR.
According to Marca, Francisco Lopez was the first to submit to the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture in September 1999 about the idea of video replaying of situations from the control center and maintaining a connection with the referee.
“The things I have envisioned are exactly the system (VAR) that is being used similarly to what was done in 1999, including a center that controls live videos of situations taking place in battle” said Lopez.
“Years ago it was an invention to benefit football,” Lopez added. “I didn’t want anything… but now I have seen how FIFA has acted and their self-interest.”. Lopez has sent an application to the Spanish Football Federation and FIFA to ask them to stop using the system.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is the first World Cup that the VAR system is used as a tool to help referees avoid possible errors by allowing them to review the situation in matches. This year World Cup is set to begin on June 14 and will last to July 15 in 11 Russian cities.