4 January 2017
The IHF formalized the terms and conditions of use of video refereeing during the 2017 World Championship. Video Proof System will be available in each of the eight venues and will only be used in some specific situations.
For the first time ever in the history of men’s handball international competitions, video refereeing will be used during the 2017 World Championship. After being already used at the 2016 Women’s European Championship in Sweden, the “Video Proof System” shall be put at the referee’s disposal in the eight venues, following some specific rules.
Only the referees and the IHF officials will be allowed to call for using the VPS and they will only be able to do it for some clearly defined game situations.
Referees and IHF Officials will have the authorization to use VPS for the “goal or no goal” decision in two instances : to verify if the ball has crossed completely the goal line or not and to verify if the time has ended before or after the ball has crossed completely the goal line. In these two cases, the final decision will be taken by the referees.
Referees and IHF Officials will also be able to call for using the VPS in case of serious and unfair actions outside the view of the referees and without ball or in case the referees give a red card against a wrong player. Here too, the final word shall go to the referees.
In one specific case, only the IHF Officials will be entitled to use the video refereeing : in case of faulty substitution not clearly identified at the table.
Finally, only the referees will be able to call for using the VPS in case of confrontation involving two or more players, in case of referees’ doubt if a player must be shown a red card (disqualification) or a blue card (disqualification with disciplinary procedure), and to decide, late in the game, if the rule of the last 30 seconds, which allows the referees to punish all unsporting beahaviour with a red card and a penalty shot, shall apply.
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