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A-League to ask FIFA for stadium, TV broadcasts of VAR

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) The head of Australia's A-League is hoping FIFA will allow video-assisted referee (VAR) decisions to be shown on television broadcasts and on stadium video boards so that the often contentious calls don't seem like a "silent movie."

Greg O'Rourke says the A-League is working with Germany's Bundesliga and Major League Soccer in the U.S. to push for communication of the VAR process in stadiums.

"American sport and Australian sport have been used to, for many years, the referees being able to talk in-stadia," O'Rourke said Wednesday. "FIFA protocols don't allow currently the VAR to talk in-stadia or even to the commentators, it's a bit of a silent movie. Then what happens ... is the fan is left to try and interpret why - they're just left to their own devices."