Brighton & Hove Albion V Crystal Palace



MH at 2018-01-08 22:57:45

This wasn’t one of the best FA Cup ties over the weekend but Andre can only referee what is in front of him. Although Andre doesn’t process dynamic sprinting his experience shines through. He engaged and managed the players very well, he has a calmness about him that players like, he picked all the small free kicks up and wasn’t fussy. Although in my opinion he should have cautioned CP18 for a reckless challenge but his control was never in doubt. Moving on to VAR we only saw it in use of the goals where Andre was checking that everything was ok and the only big talking point was Brighton’s second goal when there was a hint of hand ball when it clearly came off the Brighton’s centre forwards knee. Even if the ball would have brushed his arm after hitting his knee it still wouldn’t have been deliberate and in my opinion the goal would have still stood because it wasn’t a clear and obvious error. Join us on Tuesday for Manchester City V Bristol City and Wednesday Chelsea V Arsenal where VAR will again be in operation. Enjoy the rest of your week.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:44:13

After the final whistle CP players in conversation with Andre regarding Brighton’s second goal saying that Glenn Murray handled the ball into the net but replays clearly show that it brushed his knee and Neil Swarbrick would have relayed that information.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:39:55

Full Time

MH at 2018-01-08 22:37:32

A minimum of 3 minutes added time.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:37:13

You could clearly see Andre checking with the goal and Neil informs Andre there was no problem.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:35:49

Yellow CardCP44 for stopping a promising attack.


MH at 2018-01-08 22:34:49

GOAL!B17. What a substitution B17 comes on then scores.


MH at 2018-01-08 22:33:04

CP24 received treatment on the field of play the referee should have made him leave the field of play as he has received treatment. A lapse in concentration, as I said Andre tends to drift off in the last 10 minutes.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:30:32

In the last 10 minutes Andre has got to maintain his focus as sometimes he has a tendency to drift off.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:27:53

B9 should have made it 2-1.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:27:08

Free kick correctly given to CP.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:26:15

Substitution for B. B10 OFF, B17 ON.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:24:56

Corner for CP.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:21:52

Seems like players are holding back from challenging in the penalty area, they may all be thinking about VAR.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:20:11

The game now starting to open up I am sure we will see more goals.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:19:16

B go down the other end and hits the post and then blaze the ball over the bar.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:18:39

Good chance for CP26 to get a goal but puts it wide.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:17:36

Once again Andre calming the players down, slowing the game down and managing the tempo at the free kick. Maintaining full control.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:16:02

Game on now.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:15:41

GOAL!CP26 Excellent strike to level the score.


MH at 2018-01-08 22:14:58

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MH at 2018-01-08 22:08:29

Corner to B.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:07:16

Substitution for B. B24 ON, B6 OFF.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:06:52

In law a referee is not suppose to manufacture a dropped ball but common sense prevails. That law should never have been changed.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:04:54

Andre correctly stops the game for a head injury.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:04:29

Andre has already missed that first opportunity with the challenge by CP18.

MH at 2018-01-08 22:03:34

The temperature of the game is just starting to go up and Andre must go up with it. It’s importan that he stamps his authority on the game at his next opportunity as it could be detrimental to his control if he doesn’t.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:59:04

VAR will not get involved in challenges where a player should have been cautioned.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:57:37

That’s when in a game like this you need to keep your focus because the offended player can take his own retribution if he sees his opponent getting away with challenges like that.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:56:17

Just seen the CP18 challenge again lucky to escape without a caution.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:54:48

Free kick given against CP18 for a careless challenge.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:51:22

Hope you have all had an exciting 15 minute break?

MH at 2018-01-08 21:50:45

CP to get the second half underway. Substitution for CP, CP25 On, CP10 OFF.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:43:19

Andre blows his half time whistle and what a dour first half that was. Nothing to talk about in this half Andre will be well happy with the way it has gone. Let’s hope it livens up for the second half.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:35:08

Half Time


MH at 2018-01-08 21:32:25

A minimum of 3 minutes added time.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:29:57

Free kick given to B after a foul by CP.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:28:39

Advantage played by Andre.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:24:56

It’s always good when players are behaving themselves as that makes it easy for Andre to referee but you must remain switched on as it only takes one incident to spark it up and threaten your control.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:20:40

Free kick correctly given to B.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:20:22

Andre plays an advantage to CP on the half way line but there was no advantage in that situation. You are better off just giving the free kick.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:17:16

Foul correctly given to CP.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:16:23

A pet hate of mine is a referee who uses coloured whistles other than black.

MH at 2018-01-08 21:15:17

Andre keeping a central path of control, what he lacks in speed and agility he makes up for in his anticipation and reading of play. He still gets himself into good viewing angles.

at 2018-01-08 21:13:33

First use of VAR.

at 2018-01-08 21:13:17

Andre has just been checking with Neil to check that everything was ok with the goal as per IFAB protocol.

at 2018-01-08 21:12:22


at 2018-01-08 21:10:17

Once again Andre managing the players prior to taking the corner.

at 2018-01-08 21:09:37

Corner to B.

at 2018-01-08 21:08:27

Very low key game at present. Andre only getting involved when needed.

at 2018-01-08 21:07:49

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at 2018-01-08 21:03:28

CP18 goes down no foul given, correct.

at 2018-01-08 21:02:36

Good positioning at the corner on the edge of the D by Andre so he has got everything in view.

at 2018-01-08 21:01:11

Corner to CP.

at 2018-01-08 21:00:29

Substitution for CP. CP15 OFF, CP23 ON.

at 2018-01-08 20:59:27

Good to see Andre just warning the player to his future conduct, you can be sure if he commits another foul of that nature he will be cautioned.

at 2018-01-08 20:58:11

Free kick given to CP26 after a foul by B7.

at 2018-01-08 20:57:08

Disappointing to see the Amex stadium not full for this FA Cup tie.

at 2018-01-08 20:55:06

Offside given by Scott Ledger.

at 2018-01-08 20:54:30

Already you can see Andre working with the players by engaging with them and being aware of what is going on around him.

at 2018-01-08 20:52:52

Substitution for B, B37 OFF, B9 ON.

at 2018-01-08 20:52:23

I think B37 will be be coming off after the earlier 50/50 challenge.

at 2018-01-08 20:49:15

50/50 challenge, Andre has managed it well.

at 2018-01-08 20:48:14

Andre is experienced enough to take all this in his stride.

at 2018-01-08 20:47:02

Brighton to get the first half underway.

at 2018-01-08 20:43:21

The teams are in the tunnel.

at 2018-01-08 20:42:47

I have just listened to an interview on BT Sport between Mike Riley and Graham Poll, Mike Riley just used the Deli Ali case as an example of when VAR could be used when Craig Pawson only gave a yellow card for Ali’s challenge on Kevin DeBruyne. Current IFAB protocol says yellow cards cannot be reviewed??? Now if he misses the incident then the VAR can advise the referee. Already confusion!!!!

at 2018-01-08 20:30:46

Good evening and welcome to this evenings refcam FA Cup third round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion V Crystal Palace which has added excitement with the first ever trial in this country at club level with the use of VAR. This is a welcome break from league football for these two teams and I am sure we will be in for an exciting evening if not for the football it could be for the VAR. Tonight’s referee is the very experienced Andre Marriner who is a safe pair of hands and trusted by the players. He will be assisted by Scott Ledger ( technical side) Richard West and 4th official Graham Scott.

With VAR in operation tonight we have Neil Swarbrick who will be assisted by Peter Kirkup. To make you aware remember the VAR is only for clear and obvious errors made by the match officials, with minimum interference/ maximum benefit. Only one protocol is used by all. That is the IFAB VAR protocol.

Just to make you aware reviewable incidents are GOALS, PENALTY KICKS, RED CARDS and MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

The VAR automatically checks ever such incident and if a clear and obvious error has occurred the referee is informed. Now if it is a matter of fact, the referee does not need to look at the monitor. If it comes down to an opinion then the referee will look at the monitor. The referee is the only person that can change a decision. The monitor will be placed in an area where no other person can view it. It is imperative that the VAR has had enough training and education to operation this. You need a total different mind set as you are not an active referee when operating this system. You are not rerefereeing the game you are there to monitor clear and obvious errors made by the match officials. I understand in trails at St George’s Park in Youth tournaments Neil Swarbrick was rated the best when operating the AVR. I am some what surprised because as match officials you always operate as a team that Neil Swarbrick and Peter Kirkup are in IMG studies Stockley Park in Middlesex and not at the stadium. It’s imperative the match officials have full trust in the personnel that are operating this system. Good luck to all.