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Busacca was part of a panel that took part in the Referees Media Briefing held by FIFA at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee was also in attendance, as were World Cup referees Sandro Ricci and Rashvan Irmatov.
During the briefing it was confirmed that Nestor Pitana of Argentina would referee Thursday’s opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with compatriots Juan Pablo Bellatti and Hernan Maidana acting as assistant referees. Ricci will be the fourth official, while Massimiliano Irrati, Mauro Vigliano, Carlos Astroza and Daniele Orsato will serve as VARs.
But the Q&A portion of the briefing soon centered on VAR and its implementation. The 2018 World Cup will mark the first time VAR has been used in the tournament, though it has been used in several leagues around the world as well as select FIFA events, including the 2016 Club World Cup. Collina reiterated that VAR would only be used to review goals and penalty decisions, direct red card decisions, or to clear up cases of mistaken identity.