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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

VAR set for Premier League trial in all games next season - report

After Mauricio Pochettino's complaints about the use of VAR in the FA Cup, the FC crew explain why his comments are misplaced.
Stewart Robson, Peter Walton and Alison Bender debate the use of VAR at the upcoming World Cup, and ask if referees are suitably prepared for it in the Premier League.

VAR is set to be tested in every Premier League game next season ahead of its potential full introduction in 2019-20, The Times has reported, with the league saying it is "monitoring the trials being conducted in other competitions."

The test regime is likely after The Times reported earlier this month that several top flight clubs had reservations about the technology.

That means its implementation, due to be voted on at a meeting of clubs next month, is likely to be delayed for another year.

Although...

 By PA Sport

VAR in England: Major incidents in 2018 include Tottenham, Man United

Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson react to Danny Rose and Mauricio Pochettino's criticism of VAR, and whether it should be implemented at the World Cup.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden talks with Man United's Ashley Young about the use of VAR and his hopes of shortening the time it takes in making decisions.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino called the Video Assistant Referee system "embarrassing'' after a chaotic FA Cup replay against Rochdale. Spurs claimed a 6-1 win over the League One side but the match was filled with controversy as Tottenham had two goals disallowed, were denied a penalty and awarded another all at the hands of VAR during a farcical first half at Wembley.

Here, we take a look at other major incidents using the technology in England so far this year.

Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace,...

 By PA Sport

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola to explain yellow ribbon to FA

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is preparing to write to the Football Association to explaining his decision to continue wearing a yellow ribbon.

Guardiola is facing an FA charge of "wearing a political message" for sporting the symbol in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians in recent months.

English football's governing body considers the matter a potential breach of its kit and advertising regulations and has given the 47-year-old until next Monday to respond.

Guardiola said after Sunday's...

Wenger shocked by 'earthquake' of criticism after Arsenal's cup loss

In the midst of another underwhelming season at the Emirates, the ESPN FC panel wonder if Arsene Wenger's time is running out at Arsenal.
In the wake of Arsenal's loss to Man City, the FC crew place all the blame at the feet of Arsene Wenger and wonder what it will take to change the culture at the Arsenal.
Shaka Hislop reviews the list of managers tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and reveals which one would be the best fit.

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says he's amazed at the "earthquake" of criticism following Arsenal's loss to Man City in the Carabao Cup final and insists he remains in full control of all key decisions at the club, despite increased speculation that his job is under threat.

Wenger and his players have been slammed by pundits and fans alike following the 3-0 defeat at Wembley, which has led to renewed suggestions that his position could be reviewed by the Arsenal board this summer.

Wenger, though, urged...

Pep Guardiola toasts Man City staff for Carabao Cup win - sources

Jon Smith discusses Pep Guardiola's first trophy win at Manchester City and says he expects them to use the victory as a platform for more titles this season

MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola thanked staff who work at Manchester City with a champagne lunch at the club's Etihad Campus on Wednesday after their Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal, sources have told ESPNFC.

Employees from all areas of the club were invited to the club's canteen, where the trophy -- Guardiola's first since he took over at the club -- was on show.

Sources said that Guardiola gave a short speech thanking them for their contribution to helping win the competition and told...