The ‘Hand of God’ Delusion: World Cup History on Further Review

It took almost 100 years, dozens of blown calls, and one infamous handball, but instant replay is finally coming to the World Cup. The 2018 World Cup in Russia marks the first time the world’s foremost soccer tournament will use the “video-assistant referee” system, or VAR, to complement the officiating in matches. A three-man team of replay assistants in a dark room in Moscow will review decisions related to goals, penalties, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

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