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Volume: 16 Issue: 1
(January 2018)

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Video assistant referees: a view of the Bundesliga trial

The use of video assistant referees (‘VAR’) in football is currently controversial. The discussion about the use of VAR within the sport has been brought to the fore as a result of the trials of the technology taking place in high profile leagues such as the German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A, which have been accompanied by significant media interest. Although many details surrounding the application and standards relating to such technology still appear to be open to change, certain problems have arisen, particularly relating to the acceptance of VAR by supporters and players. Dr Christoph M. Giebel, Partner at Juricity Rechtsanwälte, provides details of the current trial of VAR being carried out in Germany, explains his views on the criticisms being voiced against the use of VAR within football and highlights the factors he believes will be essential to the success of VAR in the future.

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