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Category: Referees

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From Leicester-Fleetwood to Mainz-Freiburg, VAR’s highs and lows so far | Paul MacInnes

After the farcical scenes in Germany, here are some good and bad examples from the video assistant referee’s back catalogueMainz v Freiburg, 16 Apr 2018 Continue reading…

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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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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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From faster decisions to less panic: five ways VAR could be improved | Paul MacInnes

New system is having teething problems but can be refined by making it quicker and sticking more closely to its ground rulesThis is both the trickiest fix to effect and the most vital. On Wednesday night the Wembley crowd could have succumbed to hypoth…

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VAR likely to be used at World Cup but not in 2018-19 Champions League

• Fifa’s Infantino says system almost certain to be deployed in Russia• Uefa leader holds different view and believes VAR needs more timeUefa has confirmed that video assistant referees will not be used in next season’s Champions League, on the same da…

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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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VAR and the giant flag: how a match in Portugal became the scene of farce

• Third goal in Aves’s win against Boavista stands following review • VAR unable to rule it out after Boavista fan blocks camera with flagA match in Portugal’s Primeira Liga became the scene of a farcical incident involving a video assistant referee, a…

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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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Former Premier League referee Paul Alcock dies aged 64

• Referee was in spotlight after Paolo Di Canio push in 1998• Mike Riley leads tributes to ‘hugely respected’ former officialThe former Premier League referee Paul Alcock has died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer.The official was thrust into…

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VAR could curb bad challenges – but football’s technology quandary would deepen | Paul MacInnes

After Joe Bennett’s challenge on Leroy Sané it is natural to wonder whether VAR should be extended to include tackles, but the consequences could be confusing and complexJoe Bennett’s challenge on Leroy Sané has left the winger injured for up to a mont…

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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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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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Arsène Wenger launches fresh attack on Mike Dean over handball call

• Wenger claims Dean ‘saw what he wanted to see’ at The Hawthorns• He describes series of decisions against Arsenal as ‘concerning coincidence’Arsène Wenger has claimed Mike Dean “saw what he wanted to see” when he awarded the last-minute penalty for W…

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Abuse of power: football’s culturally accepted contempt for its own referees

The shocking verbal abuse suffered by match officials at all levels of football is a stain on the game and stamping it out must be made a priorityPathetic. Cheat. Joke. These are some of the more “PG” things I’ve been called over the past month while r…

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FA hiding the fair-play table shows lack of respect for own campaign | Daniel Taylor

How can the governing body expect behaviour to improve if it will not publish the fair-play table and allow us to see which clubs are punished in it for their treatment of officials?The news came via a press release from Burnley’s media department. “Bu…

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Referee Ben Toner dropped from Blackpool game after Oystons court verdict

• Jon Moss takes over at Bloomfield Road due to ‘increased attention’• Ben Toner’s name caused amusement following ruling against OystonsThe referee Ben Toner has been taken off Blackpool’s League One match against Portsmouth, days after the majority o…