VAR

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its debut in English football during a January FA Cup tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace as the game's governing body trials the new technology before introducing it into the sport en masse.

The system, which will allow a fifth match official to watch events on camera and alert the referee if he has made a "clear and obvious error" in a potentially game-changing situation, has garnered mixed reaction from fans, managers and pundits alike.

VAR can only be used for goals, red cards, penalties and mistaken identity, with the video assistant having until the game next restarts to intervene.

The technology also took place in the EFL Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal and will be available for the final of that competition too.

Juan Mata in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Southampton on December 30, 2017
Juan Mata: 'VAR will bring justice to football'
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes that VAR will ultimately bring "justice" to football, despite seeing a goal controversially disallowed by the system.
Feb 19, 11:39
Jose Mourinho applauds during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United on November 18, 2017
Jose Mourinho: 'VAR went against protocol'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims that the use of VAR during his side's FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town "went against protocol".
Feb 17, 22:06
Terriers boss David Wagner watches on during the FA Cup replay between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town on March 1, 2017
David Wagner: 'VAR kills emotion of the game'
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner admits that he will never be a fan of VAR as it "kills the emotion" of a match, despite seeing a decision go his way.
Feb 17, 21:01
Jose Mourinho watches on during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Burnley on December 26, 2017
Jose Mourinho: 'VAR needs to be perfect'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho acknowledges that VAR is in "an experimental period", but insists that it needs to be made "perfect".
Feb 17, 20:43
Juan Mata in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Southampton on December 30, 2017
Juan Mata: 'VAR will be good for football'
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata admits that VAR still needs work, but believes that it will be "good for football" despite seeing a goal disallowed on review.
Feb 17, 20:05
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino reacts during his side's FA Cup fourth round clash with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on January 27, 2018
Result: West Bromwich Albion shock Liverpool in VAR-tarred FA Cup tie
Liverpool crash out of the FA Cup in the fourth round as West Bromwich Albion run out 3-2 winners in an action-packed and absurd contest at Anfield.
Jan 27, 21:44
Antonio Conte shouts orders during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Chelsea on October 28, 2017
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: 'VAR must improve'
Antonio Conte is unhappy with the use of VAR in English football, claiming that it did not prevent a "big mistake" from being made in Chelsea's win over Norwich City.
Jan 18, 12:36
Kelechi Iheanacho in action for Leicester City on September 9, 2017
Kelechi Iheanacho scores first VAR goal in English football
Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho becomes the first player to score a VAR goal in English football following his strike in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood Town.
Jan 16, 22:50
Mauricio Pellegrino observes the action during the Premier League game between Southampton and Watford on September 9, 2017
Mauricio Pellegrino calls for use of VAR in Premier League
Mauricio Pellegrino insists that the manner of the mistake made by officials late on in Southampton's 2-2 draw against Watford is something he has 'never seen before'.
Jan 13, 20:42
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Ligue 1 suspends goal-line technology use due to errors
France's Ligue 1 suspends the use of goal-line technology after it fails to register two legitimate goals.
Jan 12, 20:04
Antonio Conte cuts a frustrated figure during the Champions League group game between Roma and Chelsea on October 31, 2017
Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea, Arsenal EFL Cup clash needed more injury time'
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes that Wednesday night's EFL Cup semi-final first leg stalemate against Arsenal should have had more injury time.
Jan 10, 23:03
Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray in action during his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017
Result: Brighton & Hove Albion find late goal to beat Crystal Palace in FA Cup third round
Brighton & Hove Albion make it into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium.
Jan 8, 21:40
Sexy Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde: Lack of VAR in La Liga "absurd"
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde questions the delay in introducing VAR technology in La Liga following another controversial incident in the win over Deportivo La Coruna.
Dec 18, 14:36
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Ligue de Football Professionnel approves Video Assistant Referee use
The French football league confirms that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system is expected to be introduced to Ligue 1 as of next season.
Dec 14, 19:17
Gareth Bale during the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Gareth Bale: 'Football better without VAR'
Gareth Bale believes that that "football is better" without VAR after its impact in Real Madrid's Club World Cup win over Al Jazira on Wednesday.
Dec 13, 21:16
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton watches on during his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017
VAR to be used in Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace tie
January's FA Cup clash between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace will be the first competitive club match in England where VAR is trialed.
Dec 7, 16:13
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
La Liga to introduce video assistant referee technology next season
La Liga is to introduce video assistant referee technology from the beginning of next season.
Oct 26, 21:33

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