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IFAB approves FIFA request to change VAR rule for Women’s World Cup

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A FIFA request to change the awarding of yellow cards for goalkeeper transgressions on penalty kicks has been approved midway through the Women’s World Cup.

The International Football Association Board granted the request after much consternation over the use of Video Assistant Referee to punish goalkeepers for leaving their lines on penalty kicks at the tournament.

The IFAB says the reasoning is simple and starts with VAR’s presence providing the possibility of a retake is more of a deterrent than a yellow card.

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It also notes that VAR makes it likely that yellow card offenses would happen during penalties, and that the rulebook would doom an outfield player to the goalkeeper’s crease since no substitutions are allowed during kicks.

In all of those instances, VAR is slanting the playing field to the kicker.

The announcement comes days after PGMOL said the Premier League would not include goalkeeper positioning amongst its reasons for VAR.

If you’re wondering how many instances other than a player biting another have led to such quick and decisive action from around football, your answer is, “Yes, this has been a nightmare.”

Report: Clattenburg returning to Premier League

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Four days later…

It has not been long since Mark Clattenburg last officiated a Premier League match, instead opting to take a job in Saudi Arabia.

Perhaps the move was a power play, because “Clatts” looks set to work his new job and return to his old stamping grounds for a minimum of four games.

The Sun’s Neil Ashton threw out this Tweet on Monday.

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All refs have detractors, but Clattenburg has a solid record in the PL and was awarded with spots officiating the finals of the UEFA Champions League, EURO 2016, and the FA Cup.

Maybe Riley and PGMOL didn’t expect Clattenburg to follow through with his threats to leave town, and it’s fair to presume he’s been rewarded handsomely.

Howard Webb’s Manchester United favoritism joked about on Twitter


Howard Webb was well-known around the world football scene as one of the most prominent referees in all of the sport. After  25 years calling what’s right and wrong, the 43-year-old decided to officially call it quits yesterday, and he will take a new duty as a technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, a limited liability company/association of English football referees.

While many have wished Webb the best with his future endeavors, parody accounts and others have added a quick joke directed at him. It should come to no surprise that all of the jests are directly related to his favorable refereeing of Premier League club Manchester United.

Even a longtime Manchester United man, Rio Ferdinand, who played for the managers Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes during the majority of Webb’s reign, found humor in the social media topic.

Someone actually tried to defend Webb’s Man United favoritism, grabbing a chart that actually has Manchester City, United’s cross-town rival, at the top of a list of Premier League teams the referee has influenced since 2009. The Sky Blues have been afforded 41 points, as opposed to the Red Devils’ 37 points with Webb at the helm. Still, United is No.2 on the list, so one could say that it actually confirms the bias.