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Saturday June 30 2018
VAR goes 3D in Serie A

There will be 3D technology used to make VAR more effective on offside rulings in Serie A from the 2018-19 season.

The introduction of Video Assistant Referees already cut the number of errors seen in Serie A last term, but there is always room for improvement.

“In technical terms, we will have 3D technology and make the issue of offside even more precise, as a few centimetres had caused a few problems in the past,” announced Serie A refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli in a Press conference.

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Monday June 25 2018
World Cup: Portugal survive VAR shambles

Portugal went through in second place in Group B at the World Cup, despite a draw with Iran amid VAR chaos.

On a crazy final night, the Portuguese went from top of the group to the brink of elimination in minutes, but eventually qualified behind Spain.

It was Iran who had the first chance of the game, but Vahid Amiri blazed horribly wide after good work from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Joao Mario should have made it 1-0, but the Inter flop somehow smashed over an open net after a mix-up in the Iranian defence.

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Thursday June 21 2018
World Cup: VAR punishes Denmark

A controversial VAR decision saw Australia come back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Denmark.

The Aussies had lost their opening game, so knew that another defeat here could effectively knock them out of the tournament.

Matthew Leckie headed over the bar in the opening stages, and the Socceroos were quickly punished for that miss.

Nicolai Jorgensen raced on to a through ball, taking one touch before flicking it backward to Christian Eriksen, and the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker rifled in a fantastic goal on the half-volley.

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Saturday June 16 2018
World Cup: France fortunate with Oz

France were poor and quite fortunate to get the better of Australia 2-1, including the first ever World Cup penalty assigned using VAR.

This Bleus side was packed with talent, but disorganised and strangely sluggish, failing to create many genuine chances. If anything, Hugo Lloris had the toughest save of the first half, palming ex-Inter man Trent Sainsbury’s flick from a free kick round the base of the post.

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Saturday June 9 2018
Rosetti: '3D VAR technology

The next stage of VAR will see maxi-screen replays for the fans and 3D graphics to represent offside calls, said Project Leader Roberto Rosetti.

The former referee is working as the Refereeing Project Leader in both Serie A and with FIFA for the 2018 World Cup.

After its first season in Italy, the Video Assistant Referee technology vastly cut the number of errors, yellow and red cards as well as reducing simulation by 35 per cent.

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Friday June 8 2018
VAR stats show revolution

The introduction of VAR has seen a massive fall in the number of refereeing errors, bookings, red cards, simulation and wasted time in Serie A.

The figures were released by the FIGC and Lega Serie A after the first season of the new technology in action.

“The percentage of errors in Serie A this season was 0.89 per cent, compared to 5.78 per cent that would’ve been verified without the use of VAR.”

It was used in 397 games between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, with 2,023 checks made and 117 decisions overturned.

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Tuesday May 29 2018
‘VAR eliminates errors, not controversy’

Referee designator Nicola Rizzoli says the objective of VAR ‘isn’t to eliminate controversy but rather the big and glaring errors’.

VAR debuted to a mixed reception in Serie A over the past season, with Rizzoli admitting the technology had made 16-18 mistakes, but the 46-year-old insisted it would be wrong for polemics to be removed from Italian football.

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Wednesday May 16 2018
UEFA: 'VAR sooner or later'

UEFA Vice-President Michele Uva confirmed VAR in the Champions League “will be introduced sooner or later, we’re at a point of no return.”

There have been growing calls for the technology to be used in the Champions League, especially after Juventus, Roma and Bayern Munich went out to controversial refereeing decisions.

“We are talking about it, this is an issue being discussed in various meetings, including one we are having today,” Uva told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday May 13 2018
Giovinco sent off using VAR

Sebastian Giovinco was controversially sent off for Toronto FC using VAR during a tense 3-2 MLS defeat to New England Revolution.

The incident occurred after Giovinco had converted an 89th-minute penalty and was running back to the centre-circle in order to restart play as soon as possible.

Wilfried Zahibo tried to push the ball out of his hands to delay him, so the Atomic Ant reacted by reaching up and putting a hand on his face.

Referee Mark Geiger viewed it on VAR and gave the Italy international a straight red card.

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Sunday May 13 2018
The verdict on VAR

After a season of the new technology in Serie A, controversy might not have been reduced, but errors and doubters certainly have, writes Daryl Hammond.

The most recent Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter was a gleaming endorsement for Serie A. It showcased its goals, its drama, but also opened a window into the strength and foibles of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR), as its use saw goals disallowed and players sent off.

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