History in making at Wembley with video referee to be used in England v Germany clash

VAR technology has been beset by controversies in the Bundesliga

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wembley will witness history on Friday night when video referee technology will be used in the friendly between England and Germany.

Video assistant referee (VAR) technology was used in a friendly at Wembley last month, but Friday's game will be the first official match in this country where it has been used.

The FA has also chalked in a number of FA Cup third round matches in January to extend the trial, according to The Times.

The VAR for the England v Germany match is Polish official Pawel Gil, he will advise compatriot referee Pawel Raczkowski on incidents such as penalties, offside decisions and red cards.

This fixture has thrown up two of the most contentious goal-line controversies in football history.

Geoff Hurst's second goal in the World Cup final of 1966 and Frank Lampard's disallowed strike at the World Cup in 2010 would both have benefited from VAR input.

The Bundesliga has introduced a trial of their own, with varying degrees of success.

Former international referee Hellmut Krug was accused of unduly influencing two VAR penalty decisions during Schalke's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg.


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