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There is a cloud hanging over this World Cup and Fifa must not ignore it | Stuart James

An otherwise brilliant World Cup has been cheapened by the kind of histrionics witnessed in England’s game with Colombia and they have become a cancer in the gameThere was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, o…

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Pierluigi Collina confirms holding crackdown as VAR is hailed success

• Chairman of referees says action taken after early incidents• Total of 14 decisions overturned thanks to video in group stagePierluigi Collina has confirmed Fifa cracked down on holding by defenders at set pieces after a series of early incidents at …

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Former referee Mark Halsey admits booking player who asked for card

• Player wanted subsequent suspension to pass before derby• Halsey: ‘He asked if I could show a yellow. And I did actually’Mark Halsey says he was approached by a player during an English top-flight game in 2011 asking to be booked.The former Premier L…

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Former referee Mark Halsey admits booking player who asked for card

• Player wanted subsequent suspension to pass before derby• Halsey: ‘He asked if I could show a yellow. And I did actually’Mark Halsey says he was approached by a player during an English top-flight game in 2011 asking to be booked.The former Premier L…

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VAR enjoys largely positive World Cup debut to confound football’s luddites

As with previous innovations that met with a hostile reception and then general approval, use of the video referee will become part and parcel of the gameWhen the controversial new rule came in, the real football men could barely hide their contempt. “…

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Leave it to VAR: World Cup referees told not to flag for tight offsides

• Pierluigi Collina tells officials to let video rule out goals• VAR rulings will be replayed on big screens inside stadiumsFans inside the World Cup stadiums will be shown replays of incidents requiring video assistant refereeing decisions to reduce t…

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England players given crash course over new World Cup disciplinary rules

• Referees are allowed to take retrospective action during games• Gareth Southgate is anxious his team understand the changesEngland’s footballers are to be given a crash course in the new disciplinary rules being implemented in time for the World Cup …

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Will VAR improve the World Cup?

VAR has been used in various league and cup competitions around the world. Is it a step forward for the World Cup?• Who are you supporting – and how will your team fare?Every World Cup breaks new ground. The first tournament was held in 1930; qualifica…

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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…