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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...