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Football’s laws body approves VAR for World Cup

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Football’s lawmakers on Saturday approved video assistant referee technology (VAR) for this summer’s World Cup, in one of the biggest changes to the sport in years. The International Football Association Board (IFAB, meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including …

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World Cup coaches brace for ‘modern life’ of VAR

Sochi, Russia | AFP | World Cup coaches expressed a quiet confidence on Wednesday about Video Assistant Referee technology ahead of its likely adoption for this year’s showpiece event in Russia. Representatives from the 32 teams to have qualified for the World Cup gathered in the Black Sea resort of Sochi …

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UEFA hold off on VAR use in Champions League amid ‘confusion’

Bratislava, Slovakia | AFP | UEFA will not introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) for next season’s Champions League because of ongoing “confusion” surrounding its use, Aleksander Ceferin, the president of European football’s governing body, said on Monday. “Nobody knows exactly how it works yet. There is still a lot of …

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Tech company behind Man Utd’s VAR ‘wobble’ apologises

London, United Kingdom | AFP | The company responsible for the ‘wobbly line’ that caused confusion during Manchester United’s debut using the controversial video assistant referee (VAR) system has apologised for a technical error. Juan Mata thought he had put United 2-0 up against Huddersfield Town just before half-time in …

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FIFA chief sets VAR ruling for next month

Hanoi, Vietnam | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday said football’s governing body will decide next month whether to officially endorse the video assistant referee, a move that could see the controversial technology used at the World Cup. VAR, so far trialled in nearly 1,000 matches, reviews key …

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Hodgson praises VAR system after English debut

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton’s winning goal. Brighton’s Glenn Murray scored a late winner in the home side’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat of Palace on …

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FIFA chief Infantino gives VAR thumbs up

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino has given his whole hearted backing to the controversial video assistant referee technology. VAR, as it is known, has been trialled since the start of this season in Serie A and the Bundesliga, and will be introduced to Spanish La …

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Spain to introduce video technology next season

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Spain’s La Liga will use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system next season, the country’s football federation (RFEF) confirmed on Wednesday. “The president of the referee’s technical commission, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, has informed all first division referees and assistant referees that video refereeing will be introduced …

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Video ref decisions spark accusations in Germany

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Bundesliga fans are demanding the end of video assistant referee (VAR) testing in Germany as the system’s German league boss was accused of influencing matches at the weekend. The VAR is being trialled this season in Italy and Germany with football’s governing body FIFA yet to …

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