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Premier League
Are Premier League match officials undermining VAR?
17:01 Sunday 25th August 2019

The problem with VAR is not that it erodes the human element in football. It’s that it leaves it in place. VAR stands for video assistant referee, not assisted review. It’s a person watching a monitor to make a decision. Instances…

Premier League
How will VAR impact the Premier League?
09:01 Sunday 4th August 2019

The Premier League will introduce the Video Assistant Referee this coming season. The system was used at last year's World Cup and in the 2018/19 Champions League knockout stages. The FA Cup even took it on, albeit only in the stadia which…

Premier League
The good, the bad and the ugly: VAR edition
17:00 Tuesday 19th March 2019

'Ooh aah, VAR!' The Manchester United fans sang as Marcus Rashford coolly slotted home the penalty which earned the Red Devils their place in the Champions League last eight. Barely a fortnight later, the video assistant referees…

Champions League
Is VAR ready for the Champions League?
12:00 Thursday 21st February 2019

Beginning with the Round of 16 matches, video assistant referees are part and parcel of Champions League officiating. The technology was applied in Rome and Amsterdam. The decision at the Stadio Olimpico was straightforward. Not so at…

Champions League
Champions League implements VAR; Should mic'd up officials be next?
17:00 Saturday 16th February 2019

The Champions League returned last week for the Round of 16. Unfortunately, so did the controversy. On Tuesday, Manchester United welcomed Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford. The 2-0 defeat was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first in his dozen…

12 Days of Football 2018: Four Calls Blown
08:00 Tuesday 25th December 2018

On the 4th Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Four Calls Blown, Three French Clubs, Two title races and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Happy Christmas! Welcome to It's Round and It's White's second annual celebration of the year…

Premier League
Why Premier League fans want VAR
14:00 Wednesday 15th August 2018

Technology, it's a wonderful thing. Introducing fourth-official digital help in recent times has proven successful. But the next step forward in Premier League football is Video Assisted Referees. Already utilised during the World Cup earlier…

World Cup
Has VAR been a success or horror show in the World Cup?
12:30 Friday 29th June 2018

The video assistant referee made its World Cup debut in Russia amidst mixed feelings. While many welcomed its introduction owing to the fact that it does help match officials get the decisions right on some incidents that are difficult…

World Cup
How Frank Lampard’s disallowed World Cup goal changed football forever
12:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was remarkable for many reasons. There were the usual surprises football sometimes brings as minnows beat giants, whereas dark horses emerge in a competition and blow everyone away. For starters, Spain…

European Football
Robbery in Salzburg highlights the need for VAR
11:00 Saturday 5th May 2018

One of the big topics of conversation throughout this season has been the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The new technology has been used on a trial basis in certain competitions and it allows referees to go and watch…

Is SKC's Johnny Russell making an early case for MLS MVP?
10:00 Monday 23rd April 2018

Friday night football takes some adjusting when you’re used to getting the weekend started rather than staying at home. Broadcasters are doing their best to keep us from having social lives. Like gridiron and European football, Major…

Champions League
Did Michael Oliver exhibit courage or buckle under pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu?
17:00 Saturday 14th April 2018

The Champions League return leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid had gone beyond expectation. The Italian giants had followed the example set by fellow Serie A side, Roma.  Against all odds, Roma knocked Barcelona from the competition…

Premier League
Premier League clubs vote against introduction of VAR next season
15:00 Saturday 14th April 2018

It is 2018. You are reading this through a device that uses electricity to translate sound waves into light, perhaps while travelling in a conveyance whose system is governed by a computer. Or maybe while a metal and glass box in…

Mob football and mobile phones
08:00 Thursday 29th March 2018

The first mobile phone, developed in 1973, weighed in at 2kg and was invented by Martin Cooper of Motorola.  It was a cumbersome, ugly thing but at the time it was the height of technology.  When it was finally released ten years…

Rage against the machine
16:00 Monday 12th March 2018

I am too young to remember the days when football was televised in black and white.  To make matters worse, as the stories invariably go, there would only be one house on the street, or in extreme cases the whole town, which had a television.…

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