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Category: Video assistant referees (VARs)

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Spread-betting firm to lose £30,000 after open goal on World Cup offer

Sporting Index accused of unfair play after limiting size of bets once it knew of errorSporting Index, the UK’s largest spread-betting firm, stands to lose tens of thousands of pounds to an avid high-stakes gambler after miscalculating a novelty World …

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Spread-betting firm to lose £30,000 after open goal on World Cup offer

Sporting Index accused of unfair play after limiting size of bets once it knew of errorSporting Index, the UK’s largest spread-betting firm, stands to lose tens of thousands of pounds to an avid high-stakes gambler after miscalculating a novelty World …

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Matt Le Tissier: ‘VAR will make defenders be defenders, not wrestlers’

As the World Cup’s penalty count goes through the roof, Matt Le Tissier, who scored 48 out of 49 career penalties, says he believes VAR will lead to a cleaner, better gameMatt Le Tissier is only joking when he says he is mulling over a playing return b…

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VAR at the World Cup: the big decisions, game by game

Russia 2018 is the first World Cup to feature the Video Assistant Referee system. Is it working?Explainer: How does VAR work at the World Cup Critics feared it would hold up games and take away some of the vital excitement from football. Advocates argu…

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‘I’ve never been a fan’: Australia’s Trent Sainsbury frustrated with VAR – video

Trent Sainsbury has voiced his frustrations with video assistant referees (VAR) following Australia’s narrow defeat to France, which was aided by technology. The Socceroos lost 2-1 in their World Cup opener after a VAR-assisted penalty and a match winn…

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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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VAR: the brave new world bringing distinct echoes of football’s past | Barney Ronay

Matchday three at the World Cup taught us that VAR – a system designed to still the tedium of endless debate – has its own potential for irresolvable differences of opinionWelcome, VAR, to the World Cup. Take a seat. We’ve been expecting you. On matchd…

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Will VAR help the World Cup? Fans from around the world have their say

The Fifa president says video technology will make for a ‘more transparent and fair’ World Cup. Not all of our readers agreeVAR was first trialled in a match between two MLS reserve sides two years ago. Now it’s being used at a World Cup. Is this reall…

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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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How will VAR work at the World Cup and how much is riding on it? | Paul MacInnes

Thirteen Fifa officials based at a Moscow hub will correct ‘clear and obvious errors’ – but what if it all goes wrong?This summer technology will free up the World Cup, eliminate serious refereeing errors and put an end to on-field controversy. Alterna…

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VAR to issue retrospective red cards during World Cup matches

• Players can be sent off if incidents are spotted by monitors• ‘This would only be for serious red-card offences’Players at this summer’s World Cup finals could be given red cards for off-the-ball incidents spotted by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR)…

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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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Football law-making body deems global VAR ‘back up’ needed

‘Software crash’ blamed for A-League grand final debacleA-League to take lead from rugby league’s ‘bunker’Football’s law-making body concedes the A-League grand final has exposed a flaw in the global protocols for video reviews and underlined the glari…

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FFA review finds VAR technology failed during A-League grand final

VAR did not have access to angles required to adjudge goal offsideBarbarouses’s strike was the decisive blow in Victory’s winA “technical failure” with the video assistant referee (VAR) stopped the controversial technology from disallowing the goal tha…

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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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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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Premier League clubs vote against introducing VAR next season

• Decision follows meeting on Friday to discuss trials• Premier League agrees advanced testing will continueVideo Assistant Referee will not be used in the Premier League next season after clubs voted to extend trials for another year.A decision to def…

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We have to accept VAR ruling, says England’s Gareth Southgate – video

Gareth Southgate calls for improvements in the VAR system after Italy were awarded a late penalty to claim a 1-1 draw with England. Jamie Vardy had given England a first-half lead before Lorenzo Insigne equalised two minutes from time – the first goal …

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Gareth Southgate: Italy’s penalty was not ‘clear and obvious’ for VAR

• Manager concerned by ‘debatable’ decision late on• Dele Alli did not play due to injury niggle in trainingGareth Southgate has expressed doubts over whether James Tarkowski’s challenge on Federico Chiesa should have been referred to the video assista…

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Fifa finally approves video assistant referees for 2018 Russia World Cup

• ‘We are going to have first World Cup with VAR,’ Fifa president says• Fifa to train 36 referees, plus assistants, for World Cup dutyFifa has finally – and fully – approved video review to help referees at the Russia World Cup. The last step towards g…