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Video Refereeing a Boon and a Bust at World Cup


Referee Matt Conger, World Cup

Referee Matt Conger from New Zealand watches the Video Assistant Referee system, known as VAR during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018.

Credit: AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial "Wow! The technology works!" buzz when they first plugged themselves in at this World Cup.

From The Associated Press
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