The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has denied a request from the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) to use Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the upcoming fixture between Vietnam and Thailand, reported VOV news.
The match in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2020 is scheduled on September 5.
According to Patsat Supaphong, Vice President of the FAT, the reason for this decision is that there is a shortage of human resources necessary to operate the system.
This is because each match needs to have three or four referees to monitor the VAR system and there will be 10 matches taking place at the same time across the continent.
In addition, the AFC also said that the techniques used in each country are different, as a result, it is not currently suitable to apply VAR in several different countries.
However, the AFC will allow the FAT to use VAR at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship finals.
The Football Association of Thailand started selling tickets to Vietnamese fans at 10:00, August 19 for the fixture between Vietnam and Thailand on September 5 in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2020.
A total of 10,000 tickets for the upcoming clash between Vietnam and Thailand in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round of the World Cup 2020 sold within 15 minutes.