Holyrood – There is no prospect of referees being allowed to defer to video replays soon, with soccer’s rule-makers saying more information on the technology is required before in-game trials can go ahead.

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Although the International Football Association Board took the groundbreaking decision in 2012 to allow high-tech aids to rule on disputed goals, the FIFA panel won’t rush into expanding the use of technology.

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The Dutch federation has been testing technology where officials watching on television could feed live information to referees but there now won’t be official trials.

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FIFA is cautious about allowing technology to help to decide on such decisions as red cards and penalties.

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FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke says “it’s a question of making the biggest decision ever in the way football is played.”