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Hodgson and Hughton happy with VAR debut in English FA Cup

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Hodgson and Hughton happy with VAR debut in English FA Cup

Hodgson, Hughton happy with VAR debut

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Glenn Murray's late winner for Brighton against Crystal Palace stood despite suspicions of handball as VAR made its English debut.

Roy Hodgson gave the video assistant referee (VAR) system the thumbs-up despite it allowing a goal that knocked his Crystal Palace side out of the FA Cup.

Good decision from VAR on its cup debut

The much-discussed technology made its debut in English football on Monday and Glenn Murray's late goal for Brighton and Hove Albion, securing a 2-1 third-round victory against rivals Palace, was allowed to stand despite suspicions of handball.

Referee Andre Marriner talks to Crystal Palace's Pape Souare and Yohan Cabaye at the end of the match.

FA Cup Third Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal PalaceReferee Andre Marriner talks to Crystal Palace's Pape Souare and Yohan Cabaye at the end of the match.

A VAR review was not initiated by Palace but referee Andre Mariner discussed the incident with video official Neil Swarbrick and the goal was deemed legitimate without recourse to the pitch-side monitor.

"It would have been very harsh," said former England boss Hodgson when discussing whether Murray's effort where he deflected Uwe Hunemeier's header should be have been disallowed.

"There's still a slight thought it might just have brushed off his arm into the goal, but if it'd been my player scoring that goal, I'd have been very upset if it had been disallowed for handball.

"It was a genuine goal. And the referee was helped by the fact he had Swarbrick in the VAR studio making a judgement that'd help him out - so I have no complaints."

Hodgson's opposite number Chris Hughton was also content VAR concluded matters in a satisfactory manner.

"I couldn't see it that clearly. Obviously I saw it go in but I didn't know what the circumstances were," said the Brighton manager.

"I knew Hunemeier rose at the far post and did really well, so no I couldn't see it and had to wait until we came in - but obviously it's been very clear that it didn't need VAR."

The next trial of VAR in England will take place this week, when Chelsea face Arsenal in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

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