Morocco becomes first African country to use VAR in domestic match

By Jalal BounouarFootball Writer, Morocco
VAR at Egypt 2019
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was used at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt from the quarter-finals onwards.

History has been made in Morocco where the Video Assistant Referee technology (VAR) has been used in an African domestic match for the first time.

Morocco's Football Federation (FRMF) confirmed VAR would make its debut in the local Cup semi-finals on Saturday which would be "the first time in Africa that the VAR technology is going to be used in a local competition".external-link

The system played a big part in the first semi-final between TAS Casablanca and Difaa El Jadida where a 120th minute penalty decided the outcome.

The decision to award the spot-kick in Tangier was checked by VAR, with TAS Casablanca winning 1-0.

The second semi-final on Saturday between Hassania Agadir and Maghreb Atletico Tetwan in Marrakech was also set to use the technology.

Last week, a committee from the International Football Federation Board (IFAB) visited the Marrakech Stadium to look at the VAR set-up.

VAR was used at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt from the quarter-final stages.

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