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Will VAR be used in the FA Cup Final on Saturday?

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 17/05/2018 18:38:37 Matthew Cooper

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will meet his old team Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on Saturday evening and will be the last game many of these players take part in before meeting up with their respective World Cup squads.

History suggests that the game will either be low-scoring or a bit of a goal fest. One thing it shouldn't be though is decided by a contentious decision as this year's FA Cup Final will have the Video Assistance Referee system in place.

This will be the first time it's been used in the FA Cup Final after being used increasingly over the past year or so.

Despite endless moaning about the slipping standards of referees the Premier League clubs have voted against the use of VAR full-time next season.

The Premier League said in a statement: "The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football and key learnings from the many competitions elsewhere using it."

a stadium full of people © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc

Testing will continue however and the FA Cup Final will give us another glimpse of the system which is supposed to drastically reduce human error.

The final will be refereed by Michael Oliver, who will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with Lee Mason the fourth official.

Neil Swarbrick will be the first video assistant referee (VAR) in FA Cup Final history, with Mick McDonough the assistant VAR.

One of the main complaints of VAR has been that it slows the game down and makes it difficult for fans to understand what is happening.

To help combat this there will be big screens at Wembley to tell fans what decision is being reviewed like there were at the semis.

17. toukokuuta 2018 21:38:37 Categories: Manchester Evening News

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