Adding value to refereeing and football

227px-2018_FIFA_World_Cup.svgSuggestions to improve the tournament.
1. Find a way to let officials check TV replays if they sense straight away that a decision was missed or called wrong.” – 13th July, 2014.
Cos you just get sick of World Cup highlights compendiums that are about bad decisions.
The first results of VAR are largely positive.  Yes, more penalty kicks (kinda bad), but what will come from that, with time, is less foul play in the penalty box.
french forward dives for penaltyOne VAR mistake on the third day – I think the Australian full-back’s reach and push away of the ball legitimized a tackle which was given as a penalty.
What VAR can’t yet fully crack is diving, and oh for some action on aggressive appeals for a decision from the referee and on time-wasting.

Next: Mel Read’s Plastic Bags XI’s assessment of England.

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