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Dyche Welcomes VAR Switch-On

Clarets' cup tie to use video assistant referee system

4 January 2019

The Clarets will break new ground at Turf Moor on Saturday when VAR is used for the first time in a Burnley match.

The visit of Barnsley in the FA Cup is one of nine third-round ties chosen by the FA to feature a Video Assistant Referee.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been a long-standing advocate of using the technology to help officials reach the correct decisions in all the key moments.

And he is welcoming its debut at Turf Moor.

“I am a big fan of the system in theory,” said Dyche.

“It’s about how it’s delivered and making sure it’s used in the best way to get the right outcomes and then I'm all for it.

Simon Hooper will be the man in the middle

“It has to be looked at somewhere and it’s about finding out the good, the bad and the ugly – and hopefully there’ll be more good than bad.”

Simon Hooper is Saturday’s match referee and he will be in radio contact, via an ear-piece, with a further official watching match footage at an off-site communications centre.

Reviews will follow all incidents surrounding goals, penalties, red cards or potential mistaken identity with supporters at the match being kept up-dated via the big screen at Turf Moor.

The FA Cup has featured VAR before, with the system in place to assist officials during a number of ties last season and the final between Chelsea and Manchester United.

It has also been used the Carabao Cup, but this will be a first for Turf Moor and a possible taste of things to come, with clubs agreeing last November on the introduction of VAR in the Premier League next season.

The Clarets’ tie against League One promotion-chasers Barnsley is also being broadcast live outside the UK.

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