KAZAN, June 29 (Sputnik) - Footballers need to play more carefully, especially in the penalty area, after video assistant referee (VAR) system was introduced at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday.
"There is no need to be afraid of VAR. If VAR can correct some refereeing mistakes, it's good. If you don't agree with it, there's nothing can be done. It becomes part of modern football. The number of penalties has increased. But taking VAR into consideration, footballers need to play more attentively in defense, especially in the penalty box," Deschamps told journalists.
The highest number of penalties in the FIFA World Cup history has been awarded at the ongoing tournament. According to FIFA Referees' Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina, a total of 24 penalties have been awarded at the group stage, with seven cases based on VAR, while only ten penalties were awarded for the same period in the two previous World Cups - in 2014 and 2010.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.