FA vow to show VAR replays on big screen if decision is overturned

For every decision overturned in the FA Cup Semi-finals at Wembley, Video assistant referee system (VAR) replays will be displayed to fans and VAR’s decision will be announced on the big screen before a “definitive video clip” is shown.

This decision comes as the Football Association said it would provide “clarity” and “transparency” for those in attendance after criticism that decisions are sometimes unclear for fans inside stadiums.

“The FA Cup has been at the forefront VAR testing process in England and this is the next step in its development,” said Andy Ambler, the FA’s director of professional game relations.

Replays of incidents reviewed by VAR were shown on big screens at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

VAR has been used regularly in FA Cup ties over the past two seasons, making its debut in English football in Brighton’s third-round win over Crystal Palace on 8 January, 2018.

It will be in use for both semi-finals this weekend as well as the final on 18 May. Manchester City face Brighton on Saturday before Watford play Wolves on Sunday.