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FIFA's full control of VAR will be viewed as a 'land grab' by some observers, and there is no downplaying its significance.
Pierluigi Collina and Arsene Wenger, both hugely influential voices inside FIFA, have shared their frustrations over VAR's inconsistent use in some competitions around the world.
Collina, as chair of the FIFA referees' committee, has called for universal consistency and Wenger, who oversees football development, has been critical of the lack of pitchside monitor use by Premier League referees.
The technical director of lawmakers IFAB is David Elleray, a former Premier League referee, so English football may feel it has lost a powerful ally in the operational running of VAR.
Has VAR now lost its independence? That question will be asked by Premier League referees, without doubt, but it is too soon to assess the impact of FIFA's new control.