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Category: Video assistant referees (VARs)

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Marco Silva says VAR has cost Everton ‘five or six points’ this season

• Premier League admits Brighton decision was erroneous• Everton need a return at Southampton after recent mishapsMarco Silva’s grievances against VAR are likely to have increased after the Premier League informed Everton that its TV official for the B…

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Premier League managers to meet with Mike Riley to discuss VAR problems

• Referees’ manager Riley to meet managers on Thursday• Lack of pitchside monitors for referees to be discussedPremier League managers will meet with Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), on Thursday …

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Premier League needs to stop VAR operating like a nitpickers’ charter | Paul Wilson

The system is too often introducing travesties into games instead of clearing them up and changes are neededDissatisfaction with VAR seems to be back with a vengeance after the incidents of last weekend, with a meeting of Premier League clubs scheduled…

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Supporters’ groups want clarification from Premier League over VAR chaos

• FSA seeks information on guidelines and use of clips• ‘There’s a lack of communication in relaying information to fans’Supporters’ groups are to meet the Premier League on Tuesday to demand action on VAR after another weekend of chaos beset video ref…

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Supporters’ groups want clarification from Premier League over VAR chaos

• FSA seeks information on guidelines and use of clips• ‘There’s a lack of communication in relaying information to fans’Supporters’ groups are to meet the Premier League on Tuesday to demand action on VAR after another weekend of chaos beset video ref…

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James Milner: ‘I’m not a fan of VAR … the atmosphere is being ruined’

The Liverpool midfielder on the trouble with refereeing technology, the title race and why he talks in Spanish in his sleepBefore we explore the unglamorous roots of this story, James Milner captures the pain and glory of losing and winning a Champions…

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VAR needs to work faster and better but is proving to be a joy with jeopardy | Max Rushden

It has provided relief and annoyance but chances are our obsession with it will fade as its novelty does“It’s Fenwick! It’s Fenwick.” Screams Barry Davies. “England have won the World Cup. The West Germans are on their knees. Unbelievable! The World Cu…

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VAR to the fore despite excellence of goals in Liverpool’s victory

César Azpilicueta was denied an equaliser for Chelsea as an imperfect system continues to prevail at important momentsWhat a night to talk about the brilliance of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s opening goal at Stamford Bridge, to dwell for half a page solely…

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Korean calamities of Ghandour and Moreno are antidote to anti-VAR clamour | Andrew Anthony

The officiating scandals of the 2002 World Cup must remind us why the advent of the video referee is a good thingWith that collective wit for which football fans are justly renowned, the Spurs contingent at the Etihad Stadium broke into song last weeke…

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Inside the VAR bunker: a test for my irrational suspicion of referees | Max Rushden

A trip to Stockley Park gives a valuable insight into the VAR process, and also showed me that referees are actually quite pleasant, normal people“What we have to do is find a way to help referees out.” This is Tony Pulis – then the manager of West Bro…

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Already loving VAR? Wait until the Premier League finds a sponsor for it | Marina Hyde

Despite the Premier League’s problems finding a new chief executive, rest assured the lucrative sponsorship of the new on-screen pregnant pause will be a far easier position to fillHow can it be that the Best/Most Exciting/Richest League in the World T…

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EU to blame for football’s new handball rule, claims Ian Holloway

Holloway says people are ‘telling us how to do our own game’Former QPR manager believes Brexit will ‘sort that out’The European Union has been blamed for many of the serious problems in British society, including the power of vacuum cleaners and the sh…

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David Squires on … handball and the Premier League

Our cartoonist looks back at the latest action in the English top flight as handball and VAR again took centre stageTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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VAR’s Premier League bow provides cocktail of contrived and serious | Paul MacInnes

Grey areas were eliminated, celebrations compromised and dying swans killed off on the top flight’s opening weekendThe first weekend of VAR went well – in the sense that the new refereeing technology worked as it was supposed to. But does that mean eve…

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VAR VAR voom! The Premier League gets set for video referees | Paul MacInnes

Video Assistant Referees finally arrive in the Premier League this season, ready to correct ‘clear and obvious’ errors. At least, that’s the plan …It’s the moment nobody’s been waiting for but most agree had to arrive at some point: the Video Assistant…

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Fifa’s VAR bumbling hurt a World Cup in which the women’s game shone | Hope Solo

The greatest US team I have seen held off opponents who are rapidly closing the gap. Meanwhile, the game’s governing body hit a lowI had to wipe away a few tears as the final whistle blew on Sunday. It was emotional watching friends and former teammate…

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What is a foul? Lionel Messi’s anger highlights controversy surrounding VAR | Jonathan Wilson

The thought that VAR may end dispute over decisions has proved laughably misguided, if anything football is more controversial than everThere was a time before VAR. There may be a time after VAR. But this is the age of VAR and nothing can ever happen b…

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USA and France strap in for blockbuster clash of World Cup favorites

The hotly anticipated quarter-final between the United States and France on Friday night in the capital is shaping up to be the marquee match of this World CupIn front of a room full of reporters on Wednesday, Tobin Heath sat there and waited for the n…

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Bielsa-esque Pierluigi Collina defends referees and Fifa’s new rules | Suzanne Wrack

Chair of Fifa’s refereeing committee gives energetic presentation in Paris following controversial incidentsIn the midst of a refereeing and VAR storm Pierluigi Collina was calm. A media briefing on refereeing mid-tournament is not a new occurrence. At…

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Rethink on new penalty law midway through is massive own goal by Fifa | Suzanne Wrack

The most important Women’s World Cup in history is still being treated as a testing ground by Fifa for the men’s gameFifa is panicking. The approval by the International Football Association Board, at Fifa’s request, of a temporary suspension at shooto…