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The logo of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is pictured at their headquarters in Kuala Lumpur February 5, 2014. — Reuters picThe logo of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is pictured at their headquarters in Kuala Lumpur February 5, 2014. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Referees Committee has proposed the postponement of the implementation of video assistant referees (VAR) in the Malaysian League (M-League) from the 2018 season to the 2019 season.

FAM Referees Committee chairman Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh said the committee believed that the VAR is a “semi-mature project” in terms of effectiveness and the 2018 season should not be used to experiment it as it would create misunderstanding in national football management.

A detailed report provided by members of the committee found that the VAR project needed time and should not be rushed in the M-League.

“The VAR is still in the process of experimentation since the start of 2017. All member countries are still in the process of adaptation, in which all reports on its implementation are submitted to IFAB (International Football Association Board) for improvements,” he said in a media statement today.

The FAM Referees Committee at its first meeting of the 2017-2021 term at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, yesterday unanimously decided to urge FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to postpone the implementation of VAR for the 2018 season.

Subkhiddin said the committee had appointed VAR project manager Nasaruddin Ishak and Referee Unit head Kassim Kadir Bacha to continue the study of VAR’s effectiveness which will focus specifically on its implementation in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. — Bernama

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