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World Cup officials told NOT to flag for offside in Russia – reason why revealed


GETTYWorld Cup officials have been told not to flag for tricky offsides  The World Cup kicks off on June 14 and FIFA are hoping to avoid any embarrassing mistakes this time around  Back in 2010 Frank Lampard’s goal against Germany, which wasn’t given despite the ball crossing the line, sparked criticism from FIFA over video technology  Eight years on and VAR is in full working order at the World Cup in Russia. But the presence of technology has caused a strange side-effect on how officials run the game Linesmen told not to flag Russia host the World Cup this summer and for the first time ever officials have been told not to flag for close offside decisions Related articles Gary Neville BLASTS Real Madrid for ‘bullying’ Spain over Lopetegui World Cup 2018: Robbie Williams sparks confusion at opening ceremony  After decades of controversy over offside and goal-line technology being needed, FIFA finally accepted VAR this year  And the introduction of technology has produced a strange side-effect that could impact on games  It is understood assistant referees are now NOT to flag for offside if there is a close decision  The reason for this is that the VAR system means referees can now go back and review incidents  And that could lead to frustration among fans.GETTYRussia scored the first goal of the World CupVAR controversy As we have seen since video replays were introduced in the Premier League, goals being chalked off in strange circumstances  The frustration for supporters is that VAR decisions are still not made crystal clear  And for fans on the TV, broadcasters sometimes have to guess as to how a decision has been made Expectations It is hoped there won’t be too many instances where the linesman purposefully doesn’t flag for offside  However, fans can expect a goal or two to be cancelled out upon review.

David Frank

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