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Players called back to pitch for penalty during half-time amid Mainz VAR chaos

• Mainz v Freiburg referee called half-time after rejecting penalty• VAR official spotted handball and players recalled for spot-kickMainz’s Bundesliga match against Freiburg could be set for a place in the record books after the home side scored just …

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Why sympathy for Gianluigi Buffon should be in short supply | David Conn

Juventus goalkeeper’s protest to Michael Oliver – which saw him sent off – may cause unpleasant repercussions for the embattled officials at the lowest levels of footballHeartfelt sympathy is extended to Gianluigi Buffon, of course, railing with much o…

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Uefa shows bite to Besiktas but is a pussycat over Danny Welbeck dive | Daniel Taylor

A feline invader merits a Uefa inquiry, while Danny Welbeck showcased with impunity the English talent for deception also displayed by Sterling, Vardy and of course Dele AlliPresumably, everyone is up to speed by now about the reassuring news from Uefa…

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VAR is another slap in the face for the long-suffering paying spectator | Paul Wilson

The experiment, which has left fans without a clue what is going on, has shown control of a game is best left to the referee and linesmenAs a pundit, Robbie Savage is not generally known for being incisive but he was bang on the money with his condemna…

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VAR technology to be used at Russia World Cup after lawmakers’ vote

• Zurich meeting unanimously approves technology for Russia 2018• Premier League not certain to follow suit as reservations lingerVideo assistant referees will be used at the World Cup this summer after a meeting of football’s lawmakers unanimously app…

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Referees’ body to meet Manchester City over concerns about bad tackles

• PGMOL unlikely to consider retrospective upgrading of cards• City claim there has been dangerous run of tackles on their playersManchester City have been granted a meeting with the governing body of Premier League referees to discuss Pep Guardiola’s …

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Referee Jon Moss ‘misguided’ to ask for TV help in Liverpool game

• Jon Moss asked fourth official for TV evidence after penalty award• Referees’ organisation backs decision to give first spot-kickJon Moss was “misguided” in asking for TV assistance when awarding Tottenham their first penalty at Liverpool but called …

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We will need time to get used to VAR and Alan Shearer’s childish comments don’t help | Simon Burnton

On Tuesday, VAR was praised and a day later it was widely ridiculed. But it is a new thing and to rush to furious judgment now would be infantile, whatever the conclusionAnd so the VAR debate rages on, with rage now being the apposite word. After Tuesd…

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Debate rages but VAR’s reckoning nears as football prepares for revolution

The technology has had a mixed start but will become part of the sport forever if its trial is deemed successful on MondayOn Monday, a small group of Belgian academics will hold the future of the world’s most popular sport in their hands. The team from…

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron kicks Nantes player before sending him off

• Nantes defender Diego Carlos receives second yellow card after clash• Incident overshadows PSG’s 1-0 win, who go 11 points clear of MonacoPSG’s 1-0 win over Nantes on Sunday was overshadowed by an incident involving Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron, who …

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VAR fails the football test in more ways than we could have imagined | Barney Ronay

The game is too emotional, and the experience within the stadium too important, for it to be reined in by a system that does not cater for eitherOne of the most striking aspects of the rolling-out of video assistant referees in English football over th…

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Spitting is reviled but is it really football’s most heinous crime? | Paul MacInnes

A six-game ban for Leeds’s Samuel Sáiz is the mandatory FA punishment for spitting but is it really twice as bad as elbowing or punching?When Samuel Sáiz spat at the Newport County midfielder Robbie Willmott he revived the forgotten scourge of football…

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Officials aim for VAR to bring about 2% reduction in errors by referees

• Mike Riley says 96% of decisions by top referees are correct• New technology will focus on ‘clear and obvious’ errorsMike Riley has said that while Video Assistant Referees are not intended to make refereeing decisions 100% accurate, the game’s newes…

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Football world watches as MLS rolls out video replays leaguewide

The system’s success in North America this season will go a long way to deciding VAR’s place in the game

FC Dallas thought they had clawed a goal back. Maxi Urruti reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box, and found the back of the net to give the Texans a lifeline against the Philadelphia Union. On any other weekend previously this season, the goal probably would have stood. FC Dallas may well have mounted a late comeback on the back of it. This weekend, however, Major League Soccer debuted its new VAR system. Urruti’s goal was its first case study.

Indeed, replays showed that Cristian Colman made contact with Philadelphia goalkeeper John McCarthy before Urruti took his shot. The decision, which took just under two minutes to be made, was ultimately the correct one. Incidents like this will become commonplace, but this one marked the start of a new era. The era in which referees finally have some help.

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Jara’s elbow shows video referees need practice to end controversies | Simon Burnton

Officials say poor call in Confederations Cup final was part of a learning curve and the more VAR is used the fewer mistakes will be made

Fifteen months have now passed since the International Football Association Board, the body in charge of the laws of football, announced the start of a two-year period in which, by the use of experimentation both in public and in private, in competitions both high-profile and obscure, they would attempt to determine if “the implementation of video assistant referees improves the game”.

During the three-minute delay to Sunday’s Confederations Cup final in which the Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic, watched replays and consulted with his assistants and the two VARs (there is also, just in case, an assistant video assistant referee) before deciding only to caution Chile’s Gonzalo Jara for an apparently deliberate elbow to the jaw of Germany’s Timo Werner, the answer seemed both obvious and negative.

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Make football great again: five cosmetic tips for the beautiful game | Daniel Harris

Not all rule changes lead to a better game, but losing the phrase ‘seenemgiven’ would be no bad thing

Football has many peripheral delights, the post-goal ball-scuffle among them. But the speed with which the game restarts should not affect its outcome, and as such the International Football Association Board was right to identify timekeeping as one area requiring reform, even if its proposal – two 30-minute halves – will only eliminate timewasting, rather than deliver more actual playing time. Anyway, here are five further suggestions to improve things.

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Gary Cahill rues ‘crazy’ offside rule in wake of Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat

• Defender says ‘maddest rule I have ever seen’ led to Arsenal’s opener
• ‘If Ramsey is not there, I can run out and get the ball,’ says Thibaut Courtois

Gary Cahill has described the current interpretation of the offside rule as “the maddest rule I have ever seen” as the Chelsea defender struggled to come to terms with the decision to award Alexis Sánchez’s opening goal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Chelsea were also perplexed that the referee, Anthony Taylor, did not penalise the Arsenal forward for handball in the buildup. After that Aaron Ramsey’s initial movement towards the ball from an offside position prompted the assistant referee, Gary Beswick, to raise his flag. Yet while Ramsey’s presence may have been a distraction, the fact he did not touch the ball, directly interfere with an opponent or ensure his side gained an unfair advantage through his position meant Taylor eventually allowed the fifth-minute goal.

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Referees are damned by their errors and ignorance of the laws is no defence | Barry Glendenning

Keith Stroud’s bizarre interpretation of the penalty encroachment rules in the Newcastle-Burton game will haunt him for the rest of his career

The fact that the referee Martin Atkinson sounds even more like the comedian Bob Mortimer than he looks was not the most interesting revelation to emerge from Sky’s recent effort to show the human side of match officials on The Referees – Onside with Carragher and Neville.

Criticism from fans goes with the territory of whistle blowing, but asked how he feels about his staff being criticised by former peers-turned-pundits such as Howard Webb, Mike Riley, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited managing director and former referee, explained to embedded reporters Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville that it is in fact the brickbats of players-turned-pundits which tend to disappoint as they are often hurled from a position of blissful ignorance.

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Video assistant referee awards controversial penalty in A-League game – video

The new video assistant referee is used for the first time in a competitive football match during the A-League meeting between Wellington and Sydney FC on Saturday. With 20 minutes remaining, Sydney FC players surround referee Shaun Evans arguing that …

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Video assistant referee awards controversial penalty in A-League game – video

The new video assistant referee is used for the first time in a competitive football match during the A-League meeting between Wellington and Sydney FC on Saturday. With 20 minutes remaining, Sydney FC players surround referee Shaun Evans arguing that …