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Pierluigi Collina confirms holding crackdown as VAR is hailed success

• Chairman of referees says action taken after early incidents
• Total of 14 decisions overturned thanks to video in group stage

Pierluigi Collina has confirmed Fifa cracked down on holding by defenders at set pieces after a series of early incidents at Russia 2018.

Speaking to reporters at a briefing on video assistant referees in Moscow on Friday, the chairman of the referees’ committee was asked why England’s Harry Kane and Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic were not given penalties for being held during games against Tunisia and Switzerland, respectively.

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