VAR - The solution to the refereeing problem?
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For the last few years, refereeing consistency has been a key discussion in football. It is fair to say that officiating has not been brilliant in England in the last few years, even in the top flight. Whilst goal-line technology has stemmed some issues regarding has-it-hasn't-it-crossed-the-line, many issues still remain. Holding at corners, contentious penalty decisions and accusations of simulation. Video assistant referees have been hailed as the solution to all of these problems. And now, when Brighton face Crystal Palace in what will likely be a fiery local derby on Monday (Jan
8th 2018), we finally have a chance to see VAR in action in the world's oldest cup competition.
VAR isn't exactly new. Both the Serie A and Bundesliga have employed it this season, with varying levels of success.
The concept revolves around the referee being in constant conversation with another referee on the touchline, who is able to view replays of events in slow motion and offer advice on contentious key decisions.
Whilst English video referee's can award or strike off penalties or goals, they will not have a say on fouls or tackles outside the box.
So is this really much of an improvement? On one hand, yes. Some recent penalty decisions have been absolutely farcical- Chambers against West Bromwich Albion springs to mind and hopefully VAR will stamp out these poor decisions.
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