VAR red card help for World Cup refs

Referees at the Word Cup will be allowed to issue red cards for off-the-ball incidents

Referees at the World Cup will be able to dish out red cards for off-the-ball incidents spotted by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.

Soccer's rule-making body IFAB says if an incident away from the action is missed and later comes to the attention of the VAR or the assistant VAR, they can inform the referee and he can send the player off.

The ruling would include "even if it is later in the match", IFAB technical director David Elleray said on Tuesday.

"We do not anticipate this happening very often ... this would only be for serious red-card offences."

The VAR system will be rolled out for the first time at a World Cup at the June 14 to July 15 tournament in Russia.