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

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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.

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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%

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 The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August

Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.

“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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