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VAR at AFCON 2019 from last 16

VAR (Video Assistant Referees) will be used at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but only from the last 16 and beyond and not in the group phase.

CAF trialed it unsuccessfully in the final of the CAF Champions League last year, when it was a disaster with Algerian ref Mehdi Charef still somehow awarding two penalties to Egyptian team Al Ahly.

The tournament, which will take place in Egypt, will not use VAR in the group stage of the tournament which has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time ever.

VAR will be used for clear and obvious errors relating to goals and red cards, during matches. It was used at the World Cup in Russia last year, including the final where France were awarded a penalty against Croatia.

The likes of Madagascar have qualified so far, with ten places still up for grabs as qualification concludes next month (March 2019). All four of the big Arab nations have qualified, with Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria all booking their places at Egypt 2019.

From the knockout stages on, VAR will be in place at the most prestigious African football tournament. Dean Ammi will cover the Algerian national team at AFCON 2019 in English with DZ Football.

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