Hodgson praises VAR system after English debut

Hodgson praises VAR system after English debut

Hodgson praises VAR system after English debut

If he didn't actually handle it, it was very, very close, so I have no complaints about that.

Monday's FA Cup clash against Brighton & Hove Albion will be the first use of VAR in a competitive match in England, but Hodgson has doubts about the system after watching it in action at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russian Federation. "And the referee was helped by the fact he had [Neil] Swarbrick in the VAR studio making a judgement that'd help him out".

"It's quite good to have a match hyped up as being a particular derby, of particular importance to the fans", said Hodgson, 70.

The VAR was implemented fairly smoothly during the match but when it was introduced at last summer's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, there were various teething problems.

Palace looked disjointed in attack, with long balls the desired approach, but Andros Townsend could not create anything from the direct style of play.

There had been confusion over whether VAR had been used after Marriner did not examine the pitch-side monitors or signal its influence.

The match will take place over the weekend of January 26 to 29. Crucially, they won't see what broadcasters show - replays etc - so will remain uninfluenced by anything external to what they see on those camera angles.

Another official, who crucially won't be present at the AMEX, can be called upon if referee Andre Marriner and his assistants are adjudged to have made a "clear and obvious" error.

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He will then have to inform the match referee, otherwise the latter's decision will stand.

"That's what I am led to believe: that it was used and there was not a decision to be made".

The system is created to help referees with key incidents, such as a goal, penalty or red card, as well as cases of mistaken identity.

Hodgson was widely criticised for England's early departures from Euro 2016 and the 2014 World Cup, but he retains pride in the long-term job he oversaw.

That proved to be the trend for the rest of the first half as Brighton went into the break leading.

"If we're saying that 4 per cent of decisions are wrong, a 2 per cent improvement is good for the game", he said.

Organisers for the 2018 World Cup are considering using VAR at this summer's tournament, with Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino notably keen to adopt the technology.

"The winter break however, has been talked about for more than 30 years and it means different people in the game changing the way they work".

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