The International Football Association Board (IFAB) on Saturday gave its blessing to video assistant referee technology (VAR), meaning that it can be employed at this summer's World Cup in Russia. The unanimous decision was taken at a meeting at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, with the board saying the move heralded "a new era for football" in which VAR would help "increase integrity and fairness in the game." The technology, which is already used in top European leagues, including the Bundesliga, can only be called upon when doubt exists in four key situations: after a goal, in penalty decisions, after a straight red card or in cases of mistaken identity. World football's governing body, FIFA, must take a further decision on whether to actually use VAR at the World Cup in Russia, which kicks off on June 14. That is expected to occur at a meeting of the FIFA Council in Bogota, Colombia, on March 16. Read more: Opinion: The decision is irrelevant; VAR sucks the … [Read more...] about Video referee technology approved for 2018 football World Cup
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“Anger is an energy,” John Lydon famously sang on Public Image Limited’s ‘Rise’. The line has had a fair airing in the past week, used in attempts to sum up the on-stage essence of Keith Flint after The Prodigy frontman’s untimely passing. Flint himself frequently laughed off the perception that he was an angry man but this weekend, Bayern Munich took the phrase and showed themselves to be more than happy to embody it. By the time the clock ticked 17.21 in the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon, as an overwhelmed Wolfsburg team stood dazed on the turf having taken a thrashing that could easily have been worse, it was tricky to work out which scenario should have been the most obvious to us two hours beforehand. That Wolfsburg, who had never won in 21 previous visits to Bayern, were never going to change that? That Bayern’s relentless pace of late, seemingly reaching a familiar crescendo as they entered this match with 11 wins from their last … [Read more...] about Angry Bayern let it all out and nudge Dortmund off their throne
January 31 Nothing to do with the Bundesliga, this one, but a potentially significant signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have picked up disgruntled Brazilian winger Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain. One of the first superstars to join the modern PSG, Lucas has been sidelined by various other acquisitions, not least his countryman Neymar and Germany's Julian Draxler. Lucas wasn't ready to debut against Manchester United on Wednesday, although Spurs didn't seem to miss him, beating Jose Mourinho's men 2-0. January 31 Beside the big news surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Michy Batshuayi, Bundesliga clubs remained somewhat active on the last day of the transfer window. Here's a summary of some of the other German comings and goings: Sebastian Langkamp reinforces the Werder Bremen defense, leaving Hertha Berlin. RB Leipzig loan England and Everton youngster Ademola Lookman until the season's end. Borussia Mönchengladbach again loan West Ham talent Reece … [Read more...] about Transfer news: Reece Oxford back to Gladbach, Lookman to RB Leipzig
CHELSEA have been revealed as the most charitable club in England, recent figures have shown. It's not just the leaky Blues defence that's been charitable at Stamford Bridge this season - as the Chelsea Foundation have spent £7.5million on charitable causes. And that is more than any other club in England's top four leagues. The figures come from The Charity Commission, with Footy.com having dug up the numbers. These amounts come from each club's primary charity. Impressively, six EFL clubs are in the top 20, with League One clubs Portsmouth and Sunderland both contributing over £2million between April 2018 and April 2019.The Fratton Park club are 18th in the list, while Sunderland are 15th. Fulham [19th], Derby [16th] and West Brom [11th] all represent the Championship in the top 20. And amazingly, second tier Charlton are second only to Chelsea, having contributed £5,586,000 through their South of England Foundation. Five of the Premier League's top six are … [Read more...] about Chelsea revealed as most charitable club after donating over £7.5m in 12 months… but where does your club sit?