Draw Made For 4th Round Of FA Cup

Danny Woods
January 14, 2018

The head coach spoke on the subject ahead of the video assistant referee (VAR) system making its debut in English football this evening.

Glenn Murray scored a contentious late winning goal, reviewed by Neil Swarbrick, sitting in a control room at the Premier League's match centre in west London, before being ruled as above board despite initial suggestions of a handball.

Despite the controversy, Stephens says Brighton were worthy winners on the day.

One of the major criticisms faced by the VAR is that it will slow down the game and rob it of its emotion.

VAR is part of a two-year trial that, if successful, will make it a permanent part of English football, just like goal line technology and the magic spray for free-kicks.

FIFA officials stand near a monitor used by the video assistant referee (VARs) set up on the sideline of the pitch at Yokohama International Stadium prior to the semifinal match between Real Madrid and Club America at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

Mike Riley, the director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, said experiments have shown that the VAR is required only every two or three games and qualified his target of 2 per cent by saying that referees now get 96 per cent of decisions correct.

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On Sunday, there were still reportedly at least 10,000 tickets in the home area on sale, with the Palace end also showing some gaps - though considerably smaller. But some fans in England are anxious the game will be slowed down.

Can't watch Brighton v Crystal Palace live? And it does not look good. Among them were concerns about long interruptions to play.

The man who'll be in the dugout across from Houghton tonight, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, having seen a similar set-up in action at the last Confederations Cup, has misgivings about how effective the technology might prove, too.

But without the added influence of Zaha, Palace were unable to battle to a victor and fans will be hoping Zaha's absence was only a rest and not a sign of a transfer.

Palace, who were without Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, struggled to carve out chances in the final third. "They (Palace) only had one period of control just at the start of the second half".

Palace were better after the break and drew level in the 69th minute with a superb Bakary Sako rocket from 25 yards that went in off the post for his fifth goal of the season. But the striker's determination was not enough to steer his side through to the next round.

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