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7 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Video Assistant Referee in use at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace will make history in January as the clubs’ FA Cup third round tie will be the first-ever UK competitive fixture to feature a Video Assistant Referee.

The Football Association had agreed to the live trialling of VAR during the 2017/18 Emirates FA Cup, starting with the Third Round.

Both clubs have agreed to the trial in the cup tie, which has now been confirmed to take place on Monday 8th January - kick-off 7.45pm - and will be shown live on BT Sport.

The VAR system will also be used in the two Carabao Cup semi-final ties which take place on the following two evenings.

The Albion-v-Palace fixture is already one with a unique history when it comes to refereeing; Kelvin Morton awarded five penalties in the match between the clubs on Easter Monday 1989.   

Speaking recently to The Times, Morton said, “There were five cautions, Mike Trusson was sent off for a very high challenge on Eddie McGoldrick, the dangerman, and there was one breathtaking goal from Ian Wright who half-volleyed over the goalkeeper.

“I awarded Palace three penalties in a five-minute spell before half-time. As match officials we got given a video of the game to review and see if we still agreed with decisions as part of our ongoing development. I did.”

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