sport news Alex McLeish backs VAR as Mexico scale down plans to use it in Scotland friendly

Scotland boss Alex McLeish insists the controversial Video Assistant Referee system is the way forward for international football.

A plan to use VAR for the first time in a Scotland international has been mothballed at the last minute by Mexico, despite the national manager giving it his blessing.

The Mexican FA had approached their Scottish counterparts earlier this week seeking permission to roll out the technology for their final home World Cup warm-up match in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Alex McLeish believes VAR is the way forward if it can play a positive part in football

Alex McLeish believes VAR is the way forward if it can play a positive part in football

However, they have now scaled down their plans to a partial experiment at the Azteca Stadium and will not pause the game to analyse controversial incidents.

With the use of VAR approved for this month's World Cup finals in Russia, though, McLeish believes it's only a matter of time before it becomes commonplace for Scotland and every other national team - and welcomes the move.

'We're going to have to get used to it,' he said. 'It's going to be part of football's future, I think, unless it goes horribly wrong in the World Cup.

'If it's for the betterment of the game then great. We don't want referees to be running scared so that decision-making becomes much more difficult for them. If VAR can play a positive part in the game then why not?'

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