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VAR IS HERE TO STAY

VAR IS HERE TO STAY

VAR IS HERE TO STAY There is no doubt that the major talking point at the elite end of our great game is the way in which VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is been applied in the Premier League. I need to say from the onset that I am a great believer in the use of...

It’s all about the VAR

Keith Hackett latest Daily Telegraph article published 28.10.19 I have been officiating for more than 50 years and I have no hesitation in saying that the introduction of the VAR system into the Premier League at the moment is close to a disaster. We have just had...

USA, Belgium and “Something”

I was talking with a friend of mine, who is very knowledgeable about the history of soccer in this country, about how to make the USMNT one of the best in the World. I told him that “Look at Belgium; they must have done “something” over the years so that they are now...

Racism – Referee Protocol

If a player, or players, approaches Ivan Bebek, the referee at tonight’s match,  and says there is a problem with racist abuse from the crowd, the match official will immediately adopt Uefa’s three-step protocol for dealing with such incidents. Although he...

Happy Retirement – Top Officials

Understand that two Referees have retired from officiating at the top level. Both have been excellent servants to the game. Lee Probert And Eddie Ilderton we at Keys to Football wish you a happy retirement