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Category: Video assistant referees (VARs)

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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…

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VAR is penalising goalkeepers unfairly at the Women’s World Cup | Eni Aluko

Scotland and Nigeria have suffered from the strict enforcement at penalties which is doing the competition no favoursI can only imagine the emotions felt by the Scotland players when their dreams of qualification for the knockout rounds died on Wednesd…

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England’s Fran Kirby fears VAR handball law offers cynical way to win penalties

• England profit from ‘unnatural position’ rule in Scotland win• Kirby says players could be tempted to aim at defenders’ armsEngland’s Fran Kirby fears cynical players and managers will be tempted to exploit the new handball rules to win penalties. Re…

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African Champions League final to be replayed after original game abandoned

• Second leg, and trophy, had been awarded to Esperance • Wydad Casablanca left pitch after equaliser was disallowedThe second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after the original fixture was abandoned and the match awarded to …

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The revolution will be televised: as the season ends, the age of VAR is nigh | Sachin Nakrani

Sunday’s Premier League games will be the last without video assistant referees, who are busy prepping for next seasonSunday’s round of Premier League matches are not only the last of the season but the final ones before video assistant referees – VARs…

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Football cannot be picky about where and when VAR is applied – but is one angle enough? | Paul Wilson

Without the intervention of technology, Manchester City would be through to a Champions League semi-final and Spurs would have been robbedThere is always the chance, when English clubs meet in European knockout football, that players who know each othe…

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Jan Vertonghen says VAR could lead to 40 more penalties in Premier League

• Tottenham player believes it will change art of defending• ‘So many things look like a penalty in slow motion’Jan Vertonghen fears that VAR will fundamentally change the art of Premier League defending – together with the emotion of the game – creati…

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Kyle Walker’s VAR escape shows up football’s dunderheaded experiment | Barney Ronay

No one really knows whether the Manchester City right-back should have been sent off – all we have are opinionsIt seemed fitting that this FA Cup semi-final should end with Manchester City’s players keeping the ball in a kind of ad hoc rondo deep in th…

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‘Soul-destroying’: Neil Warnock fuming with officials after controversial loss – video

Neil Warnock was left seething after Cardiff’s late defeat to Chelsea, claiming officials had missed two penalties for his team, should have disallowed the London club’s first goal for being offside, and also should have showed Antonio Rüdiger a yellow…

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Premier League needs some remedial work to be ready for VAR next season | Paul Wilson

Some decisions are clear-cut but many are not – VAR seems to be adding to the confusion rather than providing clarityNo one wants to see a player sent off for an accidental foul, especially after four minutes of a game, but though it was possible to fe…

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VAR brings drama – it enhanced the Champions League at Schalke

Manchester City’s experience showed VAR is imperfect and will not end debates but also demonstrated its beautyVAR: farce or fantastic fillip for football? Thirty-five minutes into Manchester City’s breathless 3-2 win at Schalke came an incident that wa…

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Mauricio Pochettino calls for VAR in Premier League to be postponed

• Spurs manager fears system harms ‘dynamic’ English game• Win over Chelsea would bring Pochettino closer to first trophyMauricio Pochettino has outlined his grave misgivings about VAR and called on the authorities to postpone its introduction to the P…

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Roma and Totti rage against machine after VAR malfunction saves Inter

A baffling decision not to review a clear foul on Nicolò Zaniolo cost Roma a penalty and added to frustration with technology“There’s nothing to say,” lamented Francesco Totti. And then he said it anyway. “We’re all here asking ourselves how the guys i…

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Mark Hughes’ official complaints reveal hypocrisy of a serial whinger | Barry Glendenning

Manager’s VAR anguish would be permissible if it did not entirely oppose his previous grumble over Southampton’s treatmentAlmost 20 years into his career as a manager, we finally appear to have reached peak Mark Hughes. Following Southampton’s Carabao …

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Premier League to introduce VAR technology from next season

• Clubs decide to proceed after shareholders’ meeting• Use in FA and Carabao Cup convince League to follow suitPremier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees next season.Having opted to extend trials of the system i…

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Sydney FC coach calls for live VAR broadcast after Bonevacia goal furore

Steve Corica ‘confused’ by decision to disallow Wanderers’ crucial goalWanderers coach Markus Babbel shown red card for his reactionThe Sydney FC coach, Steve Corica, has thrown his weight behind the live broadcast of video assistant referee decisions …

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VAR to be used in Champions League from next season and at Euro 2020

• Uefa will first use technology in next year’s Super Cup• Will also be seen at Euro 2020 and in 2020-21 Europa LeagueUefa has announced it will begin using video assistant referees (VAR) in next season’s Champions League, after a debut in the Super Cu…

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Jürgen Klopp questions use of VAR after Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp questioned the use of VAR after losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Chelsea’s equaliser was sent for review, but referee Kevin Friend allowed the goal to stand despite it appearing to show some Chelsea play…

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Makeshift VAR: referee checks goal using photographer’s camera in Copa Perú – video

A referee created his own version of VAR in the Copa Perú, recruiting a photographer to help to decide if a goal had been scored. Jordan Campos’s long-range shot for FC Retamoso against Auquiato de Pampamarca flew through a hole in the back of the net….

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VAR a ‘fair way away’ from being used in Football League games

• Chief executive says full implementation unlikely soon• Shaun Harvey: ‘We don’t have the TV cameras in place’After the introduction of VAR was postponed by the Premier League, the chief executive of the EFL has said video technology is a “fair way aw…