Brighton Vs Crystal Palace set to be first game in England to use VAR

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Image Courtesy: FIFA.com

Bengaluru, December 8: The Football Association of England on Thursday (December 7) announced that Brighton and Hove Albion's third-round FA Cup meeting with Crystal Palace on January 8 will be the first competitive club match in England in which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used.

The video assistant referee (VAR) has been used by football assistant referees that reviews decisions made by the on-field referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.

It can only be utilized to determine whether or not to award a goal or a penalty, in cases of mistaken player identity and for straight red cards.

The system has already been implemented in top European leagues like Italian League, German League and recently the Spanish Federation also announced that they are also ready to follow the path from next season, and will try out the system in some matches this season.

And now the FA has also has given the nod to use the technology during the FA Cup campaign and has selected the Brighton and Palace match to implement it for the first time in English football.

"The FA has always been open to trialling new innovations and was heavily involved in the advancement of goal-line technology before it was introduced," the FA's director of professional game relations Andy Ambler said in a statement.

"The trialling of the VAR system in this season's FA Cup from the third Round is a continuation of that and further demonstrates that while being the most famous and historic domestic cup competition in the world it is also modern, progressive and innovative."

VAR was first introduced in the international arena when England hosted Germany in a friendly at Wembley Stadium last month, but it was not called on to make a decision.

Meanwhile, it has beenannounced that after a 12 year run of live TV time, Manchester United's third-round clash with Derby County in the FA Cup will not be shown live on television.

Story first published: Friday, December 8, 2017, 13:35 [IST]
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