Video Assistant Referee

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‘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.

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VAR must be reliable, insists Mourinho despite Cup progress

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho believes Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology must be more reliable before being rolled out across English football after his Manchester United side saw a goal ruled out in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup 5th round win at Huddersfield.

Juan Mata’s strike was eventually disallowed for the most marginal of offside calls just before half-time after a lengthy delay.

Lukaku double helps United knock out Huddersfield amid VAR row

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 to advance into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday despite fresh controversy surrounding the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

United suffered a setback before kick-off at Huddersfield when France midfielder Paul Pogba withdrew on the day of the game due to illness.

Bernardeschi, Higuain put Juventus top amid VAR fiasco

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Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain scored as Juventus went top of Serie A on Friday in a 2-0 win at Fiorentina overshadowed by a video assistant referee (VAR) fiasco.

A decision to award a penalty to Fiorentina after 21 minutes when Juventus’s Giorgio Chiellini’s arm blocked a Marco Benassi cross was subsequently overturned after consultation with VAR.

Bernardeschi, Higuain put Juventus top amid VAR fiasco

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Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain scored as Juventus went top of Serie A on Friday in a 2-0 win at Fiorentina overshadowed by a video assistant referee (VAR) fiasco.

A decision to award a penalty to Fiorentina after 21 minutes when Juventus’s Giorgio Chiellini’s arm blocked a Marco Benassi cross was subsequently overturned after consultation with VAR.

Rodriguez stars as Baggies beat Liverpool in VAR thriller

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jay Rodriguez scored twice as West Brom pulled off a thrilling 3-2 victory at Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday in a game that will be remembered for the use of the video assistant referee.

The VAR, being trialled in English cup competitions this season, was called upon three times by match referee Craig Pawson in the opening half.

Rodriguez stars as Baggies beat Liverpool in VAR thriller

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jay Rodriguez scored twice as West Brom pulled off a thrilling 3-2 victory at Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday in a game that will be remembered for the use of the video assistant referee.

The VAR, being trialled in English cup competitions this season, was called upon three times by match referee Craig Pawson in the opening half.

VAR chaos spices up Liverpool-West Brom FA Cup tie

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Liverpool (AFP) – West Bromwich Albion were denied a goal by the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system and had another confirmed by the technology in a dramatic start to an FA Cup tie that still saw them establish a 3-1 half-time lead over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

With the Baggies already 2-1 up, they had a third ‘goal’ chalked off by VAR, which is being trialled in English Cup competitions this season, when referee Craig Pawson ruled out Craig Dawson’s effort from a corner after using the system to determine that Gareth Barry was offside and interfering with play.

Video Assistant Referee debuts as local African talent goes on show

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Rabat (AFP) – Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Video Assistant Referee debuts as local African talent goes on show

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Rabat (AFP) – Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Chelsea frustrated by Arsenal stalemate

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London (AFP) – Chelsea wasted a chance to take control of their League Cup semi-final against Arsenal as the misfiring Blues were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in Wednesday’s first leg.

Antonio Conte’s side dominated possession for long periods at Stamford Bridge - where the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) was in operation - but lacked the killer instinct required to take a step towards the final.

Chelsea frustrated by Arsenal stalemate

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London (AFP) – Chelsea wasted a chance to take control of their League Cup semi-final against Arsenal as the misfiring Blues were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in Wednesday’s first leg.

Antonio Conte’s side dominated possession for long periods at Stamford Bridge - where the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) was in operation - but lacked the killer instinct required to take a step towards the final.

Spain to introduce video technology next season

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Madrid (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 to next season’s championship,” the RFEF said.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Juventus boss Allegri fears video ref turning soccer into baseball

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Bergamo (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri fears the use of video refereeing is turning football into a long-drawn out American sports extravaganza after the Serie A champions drew 2-2 at Atalanta.

Sunday’s game in Bergamo was dominated by the use of VAR - video assistant referee - once to cancel a Mario Mandzukic goal for Juventus and the second awarding the Turin side a contentious penalty after a handball.

Juventus boss Allegri fears video ref turning soccer into baseball

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Bergamo (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri fears the use of video refereeing is turning football into a long-drawn out American sports extravaganza after the Serie A champions drew 2-2 at Atalanta.

Sunday’s game in Bergamo was dominated by the use of VAR - video assistant referee - once to cancel a Mario Mandzukic goal for Juventus and the second awarding the Turin side a contentious penalty after a handball.

Cologne set to protest over controversial VAR goal

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they plan to protest to the German Football Association (DFB) on Monday over a controversial goal which has raised debate over the video assistant referee (VAR) in Germany’s top flight.

Cologne were crushed 5-0 at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday which left them bottom of the German league after four straight defeats.

Cologne set to protest over controversial VAR goal

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they plan to protest to the German Football Association (DFB) on Monday over a controversial goal which has raised debate over the video assistant referee (VAR) in Germany’s top flight.

Cologne were crushed 5-0 at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday which left them bottom of the German league after four straight defeats.

Juventus keeper Buffon slams VAR as Serie A struggles with technology

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Italy goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon has slammed the “misuse” of the video assistant referee (VAR) system, saying that it makes Serie A “ugly”.

The VAR, footage which can be consulted by the referee on the touchlines to rule on key incidents, is being used in Serie A for the first time this season ahead of its World Cup debut in Russia next year.

Juventus keeper Buffon slams VAR as Serie A struggles with technology

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Italy goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon has slammed the “misuse” of the video assistant referee (VAR) system, saying that it makes Serie A “ugly”.

The VAR, footage which can be consulted by the referee on the touchlines to rule on key incidents, is being used in Serie A for the first time this season ahead of its World Cup debut in Russia next year.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.

Infantino hails VAR ‘great success’ at Confed Cup

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed the video assistant referee (VAR) system as a “great success” at the Confederations Cup, but admitted it still needs improving.

World football’s governing body is testing the system in Russia and Infantino said the six game-changing decisions the VAR has so far picked up meant “more justice and fair play”.

Infantino hails VAR ‘great success’ at Confed Cup

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed the video assistant referee (VAR) system as a “great success” at the Confederations Cup, but admitted it still needs improving.

World football’s governing body is testing the system in Russia and Infantino said the six game-changing decisions the VAR has so far picked up meant “more justice and fair play”.

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup.

World football’s governing body is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament.

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup.

World football’s governing body is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament.

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MLS Week 22: VAR makes its debut in Major League Soccer

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MLS week 22 was notable for the introduction of the video assistant referee otherwise known as instant replay. It got used for the first time in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over Dallas, the kind of trivia question that no one should ever bother asking.

Philadelphia took a 3-0 home lead in that game starting with CJ Sapong's goal in the 17th.

Michael Bradley: VAR 'not something I'm a fan of'

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A Video Assistant Referee system is coming to MLS, but don't count Michael Bradley among those excited to see the implementation.

The Toronto FC midfielder revealed that he isn't a fan of the league's implementation of VAR, which is set to begin next weekend.

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Impact of the Video Assistant Referee on the TV-viewing experience: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

Impact of the Video Assistant Referee on the TV-viewing experience: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

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Controversial red card for Kaka causes VAR debate

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By the time the fourth official had indicated that there would be four minutes of stoppage time, the crowd at Red Bull Arena had already been entertained. They had already seen four goals, one of which was a curler from distance by Sean Davis, and with the New York Red Bulls up 3-1 on Orlando City, the match seemed to be just about over.

Some Soccer News for Jul 20, 2017

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It's Day 201 of 2017.


The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is headed to MLS sometime after Aug 2. This should be interesting. By Ben Shpigel for the New York Times.
  • I haven't heard an exact date yet. Officials keep using the common phrase "After the All Star Game."

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My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights.

VAR Obligates IFAB To Change the Offside Rule

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Changing the Offside Rule in soccer has been long overdue, in my opinion. Now, though, there is little choice in the matter, it has to get done. The reason, is because VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is a reality, and will now have a bigger imprint on the game. IFAB must make changing the Offside Rule a priority, so soccer can continue to be a flowing, effervescent sport.