The FA Cup Third Round game Brighton v Crystal Palace will be the first game in England where the use of the Video Assistant Referee will be trialled.
One of this season’s in-form professional referees is Neil Swarbrick who will create history by being the first Video Assistant Referees appointed to a game in England. Peter Kirkup will assist him in the process.
Andre Marriner is the man in charge and tasked to deliver a game without incident
The VAR can only be used for clear and obvious errors or serious missed incidents
USE OF VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE CRITERIA
1. GOALS – Attacking Offence, Offside
2. PENALTY KICK – Check the foul inside/outside the penalty areA
3. RED CARD – Serious Foul Play, Violent Conduct, DOGSO, Review only the incident
4. MISTAKEN IDENTITY – Interaction between REF/AR/VAR
REMEMBER THE VAR IS ONLY FOR CLEAR AND OBVIOUS ERRORS
The VARs is being trialled for clear and obvious errors, or serious missed incidents, relating to specific incidents in four ‘game changing’ situations – goals, penalty/no penalty decisions and straight red cards, plus mistaken identity for red or yellow cards.
The VAR automatically checks every such incident and if a clear and obvious error has occurred the referee is informed; the referee can then confirm or change the original decision based on the information from the VAR, or the referee looks at a replay on the side of the pitch. The original decision is only changed if it was clearly and obviously wrong.