The video assistant referee (VAR) technology will not be used during the World Cup qualifier between Iran and South Korea on Tuesday, Hassan Kamranifar, the secretary-general of Iran Football Federation, confirmed.
Iran, sitting atop Group A with nine points, will take on South Korea at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, looking to establish a five-point lead over its nearest rival on the way to next year’s finals in Qatar.
Kamranifar said the home venue of Iran’s fixtures has been equipped with the technology, provided by a FIFA-approved company, however it will not be exercised on Tuesday as the Asian Football Confederation is under contract with a UK-based company.
The AFC had announced in June that the technology would be mandatory for the final group phase of the Asian qualifiers, but the decision was later reversed.
Of the 12 teams involved in the qualifiers, only Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have introduced the system at their domestic venues.
Also on Tuesday, Syria – bottom of the group with a single point – will square off against Lebanon in Amman, Jordan.
Third-placed UAE will face Iraq in Dubai, with the two sides tied on two points.