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VAR: How video assistant referees will benefit the Premier League

VAR in England – the story so far The video assistant referee system (VAR) will make its debut in the Premier League next season so what can we expect? We have seen the technology used at the 2018 World Cup but how will it work throughout a whole league season? What is the success rate? And will it stop managers moaning? Who better to answer those questions and more than former Premier League referee Howard Webb, who was in charge of the 2010 World Cup final. He has overseen the…

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Eddie Wolstenholme: Referees’ assessor collapses in tunnel at Turf Moor

Eddie Wolstenholme refereed in the Premier League between 2001 and 2003 Referees’ assessor Eddie Wolstenholme collapsed in the tunnel before Burnley’s Premier League game with Newcastle, leading kick-off to be delayed by 30 minutes. The former Premier League referee was taken to hospital in a conscious state. He refereed the “Battle of Bramall Lane” in 2002, when Sheffield United-West Brom was abandoned as the hosts had only six players left on the pitch. Burnley host Newcastle with both sides one point above the relegation zone. Follow live coverage of the…

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Marc Goddard: Life in the octagon with one of UFC’s most respected referees

Marc Goddard has been refereeing MMA bouts for 14 years A fighter to your right, their opponent on your left. Inside that cage they’ll do anything to win – render the other unconscious, force them to submit. Your job is to keep it within the rules, and save them from serious injury. “This is fighting,” explains Marc Goddard, one of the most well-respected referees in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and across the mixed martial arts scene. “You are turning up to have a pre-arranged legal fist-fight with someone. The ethos…

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Owen Farrell: England fly-half ‘doesn’t get same protection from referees’, says Eddie Jones

Owen Farrell has taken part in tailored fitness sessions this week as England prepare to face the All Blacks England v New Zealand Venue: Twickenham. Date: 10 November. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (build-up from 14:30) and live text commentary on BBC Sport website. Highlights on BBC Two at 19:30 GMT. England head coach Eddie Jones believes “warrior” co-captain Owen Farrell does not get the same protection from referees as other fly-halves. Farrell picked up a hip injury in Saturday’s win over South Africa…

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Eddies Jones: England head coach meets referees’ chief to discuss officiating

Spreadbury says England head coach Jones “wants a contest” at the breakdown in the Premiership England head coach Eddie Jones met with referees’ chief Tony Spreadbury last week to try to closer align officiating from club to international level. Premiership referees last season favoured the attacking side, encouraging teams to keep the ball. However England struggled in the Six Nations and on the summer tour of South Africa, where officials allowed defenders more leeway. Spreadbury says Jones “wants a contest” at the breakdown in the Premiership. “He was saying to…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – 17 referees, 37 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees appointed for next phase of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 17 referees, 37 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Given the number of matches left and the teams that have qualified for the next round, the number of referees has been reduced. Appointed for the next phase are: AFC: FAGHANI Alireza (IRN); SHUKRALLA Nawaf Abdulla (BHR) CAF: DIEDHIOU Malang (SEN); SIKAZWE Janny (ZAM) CONCACAF: GEIGER Mark (USA); MARRUFO Jair (USA); RAMOS PALAZUELOS Cesar Arturo (MEX) CONMEBOL: CUNHA Andres (URU); PITANA Nestor (ARG);…

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Thirteen video assistant referees appointed for 2018 FIFA World Cup™

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 13 referees who will act solely as video assistant referees (VARs) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The selection criteria for these VARs were primarily based on their experience as video match officials in their respective association and confederation competitions, in addition to their successful participation in several preparatory seminars and FIFA competitions, where they enhanced their VAR knowledge and skills by using the system. Each match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will have a VAR together with three assistants, AVAR1,…

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