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VAR innovator Van Basten to quit FIFA technical post



Dutch football legend Marco van Basten will leave his post as FIFA ’ s technical director after reaching a “ mutual agreement ” , world football ’ s ruling body announced Friday .
Former Ajax and AC Milan striker Van Basten joined FIFA in 2016 but will quit his post at the end of October to “ spend more time with my family ” , according to a FIFA statement.

Van Basten is still held in high esteem by football aficionados worldwide having scored some wonder goals for both club and country during a sparkling career that saw the Dutchman win the Ballon d ’ Or three times , in 1988 , 1989 and 1992 .

At FIFA , he helped oversee many technical aspects of the modern game , including technological innovations and refereeing .

He notably contributed to the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee which FIFA deployed for the first time at a major international tournament during the 2018 World Cup in Russia .

( AFP )