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FA chief Glenn says many will wonder how we lived without VAR

FA chief Glenn says many will wonder how we lived without VAR
From ESPN - January 9, 2018

The Football Association is confident the Video Assistant Referee system will soon become a permanent fixture in English football following its competitive debut.

VAR, which enables referees to consult technology over major decisions, was made available for the first time in Brighton's FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

Although the system -- which has been in use in Italy's Serie A and the Bundesliga in Germany this season -- was not used during the third-round clash, FA chief executive Martin Glenn hailed its introduction.

"We were a big supporter of VAR being embraced in football after years of it being challenged by Sepp Blatter and FIFA,'' Glenn said. "The FA generally thinks that in a few years' time we will wonder how we ever lived without it.

"I was pleased as it seemed to work the right way. The good news is that the game did not stop once and there appeared to be good teamwork between [referee] Andre Marriner and [VAR] Neil Swarbrick.

"It's the result of a lot of testing having been done already in a non-game situation, which has really refined this referee to technology interface. The big question now is: should we put it into the World Cup?''

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