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Premier League
Much ado about nothing; Declan Rice handball more comedy than tragedy
12:01 Monday 13th January 2020

Last spring, a cross whipped into the Manchester City penalty area first found Fernando Llorente’s arm then the net behind Ederson Moraes. Tottenham’s long, lean Spanish forward hadn’t scored often as Harry Kane’s emergency…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Four calls blown
08:00 Tuesday 24th December 2019

On the fourth day of football, UEFA gave to me Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the…

Premier League
No 'Songs of the North' at Old Trafford
08:01 Monday 25th November 2019

Bobby McFerrin would never make it in Manchester's red half. His philosophy is turned upsidedown on the Old Trafford terraces. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild the squad from the academy up, all you hear on social media is, 'worry; don't…

Premier League
''Twice!''
08:00 Monday 11th November 2019

He won’t but I hope Jose Mourinho decides to remain in the Sky Studio rather than find a new club to manage. He still plays head games now and then, slipping in sly digs at former rivals, but is far more direct and honest when analysing…

Premier League
How can VAR minimise the madness?
17:02 Thursday 31st October 2019

You’re at the game and your team has just scored a last-minute winner. You jump up to celebrate and thousands of fans jump up with you and share the same elation. Then you all turn around to realise it’s been…

Premier League
Will Klopp's Manchester United remarks distract Liverpool v Tottenham?
13:01 Sunday 27th October 2019

Before last Sunday’s North West Derby with Premier League-perfect Liverpool, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested the match could be a turning point in the Red Devils’ hitherto disappointing campaign. Whether…

Premier League
Are Premier League match officials undermining VAR?
17:01 Sunday 25th August 2019

The problem with VAR is not that it erodes the human element in football. It’s that it leaves it in place. VAR stands for video assistant referee, not assisted review. It’s a person watching a monitor to make a decision. Instances…

Premier League
How will VAR impact the Premier League?
09:01 Sunday 4th August 2019

The Premier League will introduce the Video Assistant Referee this coming season. The system was used at last year's World Cup and in the 2018/19 Champions League knockout stages. The FA Cup even took it on, albeit only in the stadia which…

Premier League
The good, the bad and the ugly: VAR edition
17:00 Tuesday 19th March 2019

'Ooh aah, VAR!' The Manchester United fans sang as Marcus Rashford coolly slotted home the penalty which earned the Red Devils their place in the Champions League last eight. Barely a fortnight later, the video assistant referees…

Champions League
Is VAR ready for the Champions League?
12:00 Thursday 21st February 2019

Beginning with the Round of 16 matches, video assistant referees are part and parcel of Champions League officiating. The technology was applied in Rome and Amsterdam. The decision at the Stadio Olimpico was straightforward. Not so at…

Champions League
Champions League implements VAR; Should mic'd up officials be next?
17:00 Saturday 16th February 2019

The Champions League returned last week for the Round of 16. Unfortunately, so did the controversy. On Tuesday, Manchester United welcomed Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford. The 2-0 defeat was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first in his dozen…

Opinion
12 Days of Football 2018: Four Calls Blown
08:00 Tuesday 25th December 2018

On the 4th Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Four Calls Blown, Three French Clubs, Two title races and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Happy Christmas! Welcome to It's Round and It's White's second annual celebration of the year…

Premier League
Why Premier League fans want VAR
14:00 Wednesday 15th August 2018

Technology, it's a wonderful thing. Introducing fourth-official digital help in recent times has proven successful. But the next step forward in Premier League football is Video Assisted Referees. Already utilised during the World Cup earlier…

World Cup
Has VAR been a success or horror show in the World Cup?
12:30 Friday 29th June 2018

The video assistant referee made its World Cup debut in Russia amidst mixed feelings. While many welcomed its introduction owing to the fact that it does help match officials get the decisions right on some incidents that are difficult…

World Cup
How Frank Lampard’s disallowed World Cup goal changed football forever
12:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was remarkable for many reasons. There were the usual surprises football sometimes brings as minnows beat giants, whereas dark horses emerge in a competition and blow everyone away. For starters, Spain…