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News Roundup: Union sign Mbaizo, Toronto lose to Chivas, Hack’s U-17’s defeat Norway

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Plus two Union U-15's going to Italy, Penn FC's opener broadcast locally, Dortmund coming to Pittsburgh, and more.

News roundup: Dockal signs, Union get $175k, green card derby, more

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More on Borek Dockal's signing, the Union acquire allocation money via trade, Union players get green cards, and more news in today's news roundup.

News roundup: Curtin’s conference call, Edu leaves LAFC, Liga MX may 86 pro/rel

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Plus Union + Chicago scrimmage today, Union U19 player going to Penn State, TAM/GAM economy, Portugal VAR controversy, more.

News roundup: Union soak up weekly honors, no Nico, VAR reviews, ArJo out, more

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The Union earn praise for their destruction of Dallas, Nico Martinez ain't coming to Philly, lots of goals in MLS Week 22, the Iceman is looking for a new home, and much more.

Video Assistant Referee

Bundesliga: Shambolic Scenes As Referee Brings Mainz And Freiburg Players Back Out Onto Pitch After Half-Time Whistle To Take VAR Penalty (Photo & Video)

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There were shambolic scenes im the Bundesliga last night when VAR once again reared its ugly head to disrupt the match between relegation-threatened Mainz and Freiburg at the Opel Arena.

Just went it looked like the match had reached the break without a goal for either side, referee Guido Winkmann brought all the players back out onto the pitch after deciding to award Mainz a retrospective penalty.

Premier League Clubs Vote Against Using VAR In Top Flight Next Season, ‘Advanced Testing’ To Continue In FA Cup And EFL Cup

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Premier League clubs have voted against the full-on introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) in the top flight for next season.

VAR has so far proved to be more trouble than it's worth, with the referral system creating issues and hold-ups as well as failing to carry out the one task it was developed to do.

FA Cup: Tottenham Trounce Rochdale Amid Wembley Blizzard On Night Of Yet More Maddening VAR Turbulence (Photos & Video)

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Tottenham's top-tier calibre eventually prevailed as the Premier League side ran roughshod over Rochdale in their FA Cup fifth-round replay at Wembley on a snow-bound Wednesday night.

After the first match ended in a 2-2 draw at Spotland, a Fernando Llorente hat-trick spirited Spurs to an emphatic 6-1 win in the second though the evening will probably be best remembered for a series of calamitous VAR interjections.

‘The Wrong Image Was Provided To Broadcasters’ – VAR Company Defend Wonky Line Mix-Up During Man Utd’s FA Cup Clash With Huddersfield

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The company behind those incredible wobbly VAR lines broadcast during Manchester United's clash with Huddersfield on Saturday have claimed that the offending graphic was not used to disallow Juan Mata's goal.

Hawkeye have said that a "technical error" had led to the dodgy graphic being provided for the TV broadcasters.

Utterly VAR-cical: Wobbly Lines Blight Video Assistant Ref System During Man Utd Win Over Huddersfield (Video)

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An increasingly divisive issue in football, VAR was once again the centre of attention during Manchester United's FA Cup fifth-round 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Video Assistant Referee system was used to rule on whether a Juan Mata goal just before the break should stand, with the Spaniard looking very marginally offside.

Portugual: Referee Allows Offside Goal In Boavista Match After Enormous Flag Blocks View Of VAR Camera (Video)

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Yet another of the many pitfalls of video-assistant refereeing was laid bare in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Monday night as Boavista fell to a 3-0 defeat against Desportivo Aves.

Things might not have been quite so bad for the visitors as one of the goals they conceded was blatantly offside.

FIFA Executive Confirms VAR Will ‘Definitely’ Be Used At 2018 World Cup In Russia

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As the grand VAR experiment continues, a FIFA executive has all but confirmed that video-assistant refereeing will be implemented at the World Cup.

FIFA chief commercial officier Philippe Le Floc'h has said that VAR will "definitely" be used at the tournament, which begins in July.

So VAR So Good: Kelechi Iheanacho Scores First Video Assisted Goal In English Football As Leicester Beat Fleetwood 2-0 (Photos & Video)

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Kelechi Iheanacho secured his place in footballing history (and pub quizzes for ever more) after scoring the first-ever goal in English football decided by VAR.

The historic moment came during Leicester's third round FA Cup replay at home to League One side Fleetwood.

MLS to implement VAR beginning August 5th

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It has been known that MLS would incorporate Video Assistant Referee technology after the All-Star Game, but that introduction now has an official start date.

The league announced on Thursday that it would begin incorporating Video Review procedures league-wide beginning on August 5th, including every MLS regular season and postseason game.

Liverpool

Can VAR stop Spurs Cheating?

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An exciting game at Anfield left Mr. Klopp fuming and a few million viewers shaking their heads at another example of the lack of moral fibre in the Spurs Miscreants. Which , to be candid, comes as no real surprise.What is surprising is that following at least a dozen slo-mo replays there was disagreement about both penalty decisions.

Baggies Knock Reds Out The Cup | VAR Yes/No?

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Liverpool were absolutely atrocious on Saturday evening as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Bromwich Albion. In a game that was overshadowed by VAR technology, the Reds had no excuses for what was a pathetic performance in defence. Alan Pardew's side, on the other hand, were resilient and thoroughly deserved to progress to the next round.

Videos

Moreirense Goalkeeper Knocked Out While Porto Have Late Goal Disallowed, Only Discovers His Side Drew 0-0 During Post-Match Interview (Video)

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Moreirense earned themselves a valuable point in their ongoing fight against relegation by battling to a 0-0 draw with Primeira Liga leaders Porto on Tuesday evening.

However, after surviving 95 minutes unscathed, things very nearly went pear-shaped for the hosts at the death when Abdul Waris popped up to score what looked like being the winning goal with the final touch of the match.

FA Cup: Brighton Smuggle Late Win Over Crystal Palace Thanks To Glenn Murray’s Pelvis And Timely Assist From VAR (Photos & Video)

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Brighton & Hove Albion played host to Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday night, the first ever competitive English match to feature the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

At a fairly sparsely-populated AMEX Stadium (isn't this supposed to be a 'local' derby?

MLS: Video Assistant Referee Decision Sees Kaka Sent Off For Playfully Fondling Ex-Orlando Teammate’s Face (Video)

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Adding more fuel to the argument that Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) is an unnecessary nonsense that we really don't need, Kaka the most saintly footballer in existence was shown a farcical red card in Orlando City's 3-1 defeat against New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening.

The Brazilian veteran was sent off deep into second-half injury time for the heinous crime of playfully grasping the face of Red Bulls defender Aurelin Collin as the two sides disputed a late foul.

Carabao

Solid at the Bridge – Player Ratings

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Serial Diver

Went down only when he'd lost his balance

Ratings

Ospina – Lazarus got in the way when it mattered ....8

Chambers – WWE slam on Azpilicueta my personal highlight ....8

Mustafi – No unnecessary lunging tonight, except to block shots .

Wembley on the Horizon

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Chelsea away. Injuries all over the shop. Porous defence. Lack of confidence. Fans less than enthusiastic.

Doesn't bode well.

Last game was a cracker; full of excitement and top quality attacking allied to dreadful defending from The Arsenal, diving and awful finishing from Chelsea. I expect much of the same tonight and would be thrilled with a similar result.

Revolution

Heaps Bemoans Use of VAR in Thrashing

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Jay Heaps had never seen anything like it. And it's safe to say few soccer fans had, either.

In a wild first half that Atlanta dominated from the start, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Ted Unkel was at the center of two calls that profoundly impacted the Revolution's fortunes in Wednesday's 7-0 defeat to the expansion side.

The Curious Case of the Goal that Wasn’t

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It's fair to say few, if any, of the 17,865 on hand for Saturday's Revolution-Orlando City match had ever witnessed anything like what unfolded in the 43rd minute.

With the hosts ahead 1-0, Teal Bunbury connected with Lee Nguyen deep in Orlando City territory before the latter blasted a beautiful ball through to make it a 2-0 match.

The Rest

Goals introduces VAR technology to five-a-side football

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Goals, the world’s largest operator of dedicated, 5-a-side clubs, introduced VAR to five-a-side football in a bid to correct bad decisions, blatant cheating and to ‘make the small sided game even longer than ever’.

The new technology is called ‘Refersee’ and requires the match official to wear a head protector with two cameras on either side.

Diego Maradona Announces He’s Very Much In Favour Of Video-Assisted Refereeing Being Used To Prevent Cheating In Football

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The hand that did the damage: Diego Maradona has just been unveiled as the new coach of FC Fujairah of the UAE

Diego Maradona has had his say on video-assisted refereeing (VAR), speaking out as a somewhat unlikely advocate of the controversial new system.

Maradona famously benefited from an absence of such technology at the 1986 World Cup, when he used his divine extremity to plink the ball over Peter Shilton and 'hand' Argentina the lead against England in the quarter-finals.

Club World Cup 2016 Semi Finals

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A rare occurrence for me - two days off! As I hadn't been to Osaka before I thought I would stay locally. The weather wasn't great, cloudy about 8 degrees with a cold wind. So I set off by foot for Osaka Castle.



As I wandered through the streets I noted the shape of the vehicles on the roads, they are increasingly becoming box like.