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Caution required with VAR developments in football

For a long time it seemed like a great idea. For a long time many wondered why football was so behind the curve compared to other sports such as rugby and cricket. For a long time it seemed like the only logical thing to do. VAR, which stands for Video Assistant Referee just in case […]

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VAR threatens the visceral elation of the beautiful game

The use of Video Assistant Referees, or VAR, has entrenched itself, somewhat tediously, as one of football’s major talking points in recent years. The tedium shows no signs of abating soon: VAR’s stumbling debut in the English game has only added fuel to the dispute’s fire, with supporters insisting the early issues are merely teething […]

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Premier League to blame for Clattenburg’s exit

The impending departure of Mark Clattenburg from the Premier League has signaled the start of a shift in power towards officials. Clattenburg has decided to leave England and become head of referees in Saudi Arabia, doubling his earnings in the process. He cites the breakdown of his relationship with referees’ boss Mike Riley, following the […]

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‘Penaltygate’ shows cowardice of Craig Joubert under pressure

In 1963, the greatest robbery in history took place on a train going from Glasgow to London. However, in the 2015 World Cup that title was handed to the Scotland vs Australia quarter final. The mastermind behind this robbery – referee Craig Joubert.  In the last minute Joubert awarded a penalty to Australia which saw […]