VAR has made football better. Find out how

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According to former referee David Elleray, now technical director of the International FA Board, VAR has made football better – because players are no longer misbehaving.

Elleray said: “As a result of VAR there are now fewer games decided by clear and obvious errors by the match officials.

“And there are fewer players getting away with violence on the field behind the referee’s back or indeed getting away with potential injury-threatening tackles which the referee hasn’t been able to judge correctly.

“It’s also clear that VAR has had an impact on the flow of the game.

“Inevitably, if you are going to stop the game to look at a replay, that involves stopping the flow of the game. I think some of the other benefits are less well publicised.”

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