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Raising the VAR – Football’s own Brexit

With VAR being used already in top flight leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany, my question is ‘why hasn’t the English Premier League been keeping pace?’ Harry Kane’s penalty stood after VAR intervention did not rule him offside in the build up to it in the Carabao Cup Semi Final 1st leg at Wembley versus Chelsea. There are those who …

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The Future of Football – For the Good of the Game

The current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, must have been reading my article from 24 November last year (Are You Blind Referee – It’s Surely TMO For A Change https://footyblog.net/blind-referee-surely-tmo-change/ ) as the race to develop the beautiful game by use of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has certainly and steadily gained momentum, having most prominently been trialled at the World …

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China Crisis? Football Rising in the East Could Affect Premier League

The English Premier League is the most lucrative domestic league in world football, with recent global TV rights deals ballooning to extraordinary multi-billion pound proportions, dwarfing those of the Premier League’s counterparts on the continent and beyond. Premier League clubs also took up eight berths in the top 20 highest revenue-generating football clubs in the world for last season (2015/16) …

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Premier League Half Term Report – Could Do Better

Prior to the season kicking off in August, the English Premier League, often hailed to be thee most difficult, fiercely competitive and entertaining league in the World had more reason than usual to feel justified about its number one status. The reason for this was not just the multi billion pound global TV rights deal which saw and will see …

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Liverpool FC: Vorsprung Durch Tek-kers

If you’re a Liverpool fan, like me, or even if you’re not, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the team’s performances this time around and is why they sit nicely poised on the coattails of Chelsea after a third of the current season has played out. Their haul of 30 points after 13 games is the highest tally for …

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Rules Are There To Be Obstructed

It occurs in every game, in all divisions from the lofty heights of the Premiership down to the Ginsters Hot Pasty league, you find yourself questioning it when it happens but more often than not you give it up as a lost cause…but why? Obstruction is an illegal move in football but EVERYONE seems to have accepted it as part …

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Are You Blind Referee? It’s surely TMO for a change

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It seemed like it was never going to happen, but (the well documented) goal-line technology was finally introduced into many of the top flight tiers of European football over the last couple of seasons and made its World Cup debut at Brazil 2014. Too late for it to have made any impact on Frank Lampard’s famous goal versus the auld …

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