Successful Kick-Off For Video Assistant Referees

Elaine Stenson
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It’s been a successful opening outing for Video Assistant Referees in English competitive club football.

In its first trial during Brighton’s 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes the Video Assistant Referee system worked well in their 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Brighton.

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There were suggestions Glenn Murray’s late winner for Albion may have gone in off his arm – after hitting his knee – but there was no official review.

Hodgson says the referee probably got the decision right – and has no complaints.

Brighton knocked out rivals Crystal Palace to set up an FA Cup fourth round clash with Middlesbrough.

Glenn Murray’s late goal sealed a 2-1 win – in the first competitive club game in England to trial Video Assistant Refereeing.

There were suggestions the ball may have hit the striker’s arm on the way in – but there was no official review.

Ref, Andre Marriner was in discussion with VAR officials -but the decision was – that nothing needed reviewing on the field.

There will be bigger tests for the system but the verdict was it’s passed its first examination.

Feature Image: Brighton FC