Video assistant referees (VARs)

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The impossible job: inside the world of Premier League referees
Players, pundits and fans complain bitterly that referees are getting worse each season – but is that fair?

William Ralston

21, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Atlético’s Correa scores from bench as VAR awards goal after he is taken off
Ángel Correa achieved the rare feat of being awarded a goal while on the substitutes’ bench as Atlético Madrid drew 1-1 with Getafe

Reuters and Guardian sport

04, Feb, 2023 @11:21 PM

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Julen Lopetegui says ‘tactical camera’ showed Wolves goal should have stood
The Wolves manager has said he saw a ‘tactical camera’ angle that showed his side’s late goal in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Liverpool should have stood

Jamie Jackson at Anfield

07, Jan, 2023 @11:48 PM

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Why Japan’s second goal against Spain was allowed to stand
The whole of the ball must cross the line for it to be out of play and VAR decided that at least some of it was still overhanging

Martin Belam

02, Dec, 2022 @10:42 AM

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SAOT ain’t slow: how does the World Cup’s AI-assisted offside system work?
Technology to assist VAR is designed to ensure offside calls in Qatar are quicker and more accurate – but it is not without flaws

Paul MacInnes

19, Nov, 2022 @1:00 PM

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From robot VARs to air-cooling: nine things to look out for at Qatar 2022
A look at some of the unusual, innovative and less palatable features of the coming World Cup

David Hills

19, Nov, 2022 @8:00 AM

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VAR furore at Tottenham and Atlético a sign of what football has lost | Luke McLaughlin
In obsessing over the minutiae of refereeing, the game has sacrificed its spontaneity, narrative coherence and sense of fun

Luke McLaughlin

27, Oct, 2022 @2:32 PM

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action
Diego Costa offers Wolves more bite, Antonio Conte faces a selection headache and VAR continues to confound coaches

Guardian sport

17, Oct, 2022 @7:06 AM

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Sweden’s Asllani labels Euro VAR as catastrophic before England semi-final
Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani criticised the use of 50% fewer cameras for VAR compared to the men’s game before their semi-final with England

Suzanne Wrack

25, Jul, 2022 @7:09 PM

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Final whistle: goodbye to Mike Dean, the Premier League ref the fans love to hate
After 22 years, 560 games, 2,000 yellow cards and 114 reds, it’s time for the controversial man in black to step down

Tim Adams

22, May, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Forget the letter of the law, let’s brainstorm our way to a better game | Max Rushden
Football’s laws aren’t perfect so it’s at least worth trying to improve them. Grab a Sharpie and pull up a bean bag …

Max Rushden

19, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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To be seen and not heard is keeping fans and viewers in the dark over VAR | Barry Glendenning
The marathon wait for a VAR check at Arsenal could have been tolerable if we could have listened in

Barry Glendenning

25, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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