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Video assistant referees to be used at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Video assistant referees will be used at the World Cup for the first time after Fifa formally approved the technology for this year’s tournament. VAR has been trialled in some domestic English cup games this season, and has been used in Germany and Italy. “We need to live with the times,” said Fifa president Gianni Infantino. “We wanted to give ...

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FA Cup: Hawk-Eye apologises over wrong VAR image for Mata ‘goal’

Hawk-Eye apologises over wrong VAR image for Juan Mata ‘goal’

The ‘squiggly line’ image shown by broadcasters was not used to disallow Juan Mata’s goal in Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield, says the provider of VAR pictures. Hawk-Eye says a “technical error led to an incorrect graphic being provided”. Mata said “the decision was not very clear”, while United boss Jose Mourinho called for the video assistant referee (VAR) ...

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Referee admits penalty error in Northern Ireland World Cup play-off

The referee who awarded a controversial penalty against Northern Ireland during their World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland says he made a mistake. Ovidiu Hategan ruled that Corry Evans blocked a shot with his arm during the first leg, despite replays showing the ball struck the player’s shoulder. “It was a sad and unpleasant moment for me, sad because I made ...

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