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VAR to be used in our Old Trafford trip

More Royals history to be made in Manchester

19 December 2018

Our match against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup will see VAR instituted at a Reading fixture – the first time in our history it will have been used!

In line with the major cup competitions in England this season, any games at Premier League stadia will see the video assistant referee utilised for any contentious decisions, following its roll-out at last summer’s World Cup and ahead of its launch in the Premier League and Champions League next year.

It will be the second time that Manchester United have used it at their venue this season – and last time out, it was called upon when they were defeated by Derby County in the Carabao Cup!  Jack Marriott’s close-range header gave the Rams a late lead – the goal was confirmed with the help of VAR – and despite United levelling late, the East Midlands club went through on penalties.

The introduction of VAR is the next stage of technological assistance with refereeing decisions – presently a majority of our fixtures have seen Hawk-Eye utilised for our Championship games.  We have seen a handful of goal-line decisions given one way or another… take a look at some of the videos below of decisions that went our way!

Hawk-Eye decisions...

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