FA Cup 2018: Final 3rd-Round Results, Scores and Reaction

Roy Hodgson and Chris Hughton will go head-to-head in Monday's M23 derby

FA Cup 2018: Final 3rd-Round Results, Scores and Reaction

In addition to tonight's competitive debut for the technology in England, VAR will be deployed for both legs of the Chelsea vs. Arsenal League Cup semifinal and the final as well - but not the other semifinal, which is a bit of a unusual decision even considering that it's just a trial period. I'd have swapped virtually any result to make certain we had Schlupp and Townsend and a few others fit in the Premier League games coming up.

VAR got the most use on Brighton's victor as claims of handball were quashed by Swarbrick in West London.

Reuters has reported that the IFAB is due to decide in March whether to ratify its use on a permanent basis and, depending on the decision, Federation Internationale de Football Association will use it in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Furthermore, it is only to be used where there has been a clear and obvious error made by the referee or his two on-field assistants.

"No one wanted goal-line technology and now we can't live without it so I am certainly not one of those people who would suggest there's no future for technology in the game".

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If VAR is used on Monday, fans will see the referee "draw" a rectangle with his arms to replicate a TV screen. "It will take the VAR about 30-40 seconds to look at all the footage". The Seagulls have been linked with moves for Everton's Oumar Niasse and Celtic's Moussa Dembele but Hughton said that at the moment these names are just "links" and that the club have not submitted any bids for either of the pair.

"I don't think that after leaving England I was absolutely ready to turn my back on it, " he added.

It will then take one of two forms, with the first likely to be less controversial. "That probably happens once every three games".

Admittedly, there are some incidents where VAR will be able to open and close a case in a matter of seconds - just ask Arsene Wenger - but even then we are in danger of losing the passion that we all love so much from the game. English football may have to wait a while longer to see a real test of how VAR works, but Monday's tie showed how quickly it can be used to keep the game flowing with regards to the smaller things. The Mali worldwide has grown accustomed to the substitutes' bench throughout his time at Selhurst Park, but recent goals in cameo appearances against Watford and Leicester City meant Hodgson had enough faith in the former Wolves man to play him ahead of Christian Benteke against the Eagles' bitter rivals.

"In time if that's what the game wants, if that's what spectators want I'm sure that will be accommodated".

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