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Red cards 'more likely' when referees use slo-mo

Red cards 'more likely' when referees use slo-mo

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Football referees are more likely to hand out harsher penalties when replaying situations in slow motion, a new study has found. Cognitive scientists in Belgium researching VAR (video assistant referee) technology found that while replays did not significantly affect the accuracy of a decision on whether a foul had taken place or not, they did affect judgement on intention.The study was conducted by Dr Jochim Spitz and colleagues at the University of Leuven on the response of 88 elite football referees to videos of yellow-card fouls.Referees were 63% accurate when using slow-motion replays to make a technical decision on whether or not a foul was committed, compared with 61% accurate in real time.However, 20% of the referees gave a red after watching the video in slow motio...
Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Technology
The World Cup is set to use video replays this summer - with FIFA confirming a sponsor is being sought for the technology.Football's governing body met to assess recent trials ahead of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) being officially approved for use in the tournament in Russia in June and July.FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc'h said: "Definitely VAR will happen. It's great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing."The system was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup when goal-line technology was deployed.But now replays can be used when there is a "clear and obvious error" involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.Image:Referee Jonathan Moss awaits a decision from VAR at a Leicester City/Fleetwood Town gameVAR could ...
Jose Mourinho blames referees for bad form as Manchester United held at home to Southampton

Jose Mourinho blames referees for bad form as Manchester United held at home to Southampton

Sports
The United boss cited the decision-making of the referees as a reason for his side's bad resultsSaturday, December 30, 2017Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed bad refereeing decisions have cost his team points in recent games after the Red Devils played out a goalless draw against Southampton at Old Trafford.United were lacklustre throughout, creating few goalscoring opportunities, but could have been awarded a penalty when Jesse Lingard’s flick struck the hand of Maya Yoshida in the first-half but referee Craig Pawson was not interested in Lingard’s pleas.Paul Pogba’s bundled effort was ruled out for offside in the game’s closing stages, although replays do show the decision to disallow the goal was correct.Meanwhile, David De Gea made a superb reflex save to deny Shane Lo