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Category: Video assistant referees (VARs)

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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…

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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…