The World Cup is now just days away and with VAR playing a prominent role in footballing debate in the last few months, there’s surely plenty of contentious issues laying in wait as thirty-two of the World’s top teams prepare to go head-to-head in Russia.
After being put through her paces by former referee, Mark Halsey, we’re delighted to have Rebekah VARdy on hand throughout the tournament as BetBright’s official VAR expert for this year’s World Cup!
Rebekah Vardy said: “Growing up with my Dad shouting at the telly when a referee made a bad decision has definitely influenced me, I know when to voice my opinion! However, getting a crash course in VAR has given me some real expertise in calling out decisions in a split second. “I know players and managers alike have vented their frustration at VAR before, especially following the England versus Italy friendly back in March, when a VAR-awarded penalty cost England a win with only five minutes left. Now, with my new-found knowledge on VAR, I know that during the World Cup, when I shout out my decision it will be the correct one!”
Mark Halsey, said: “Rebekah was fantastic, she took on all the information and tips and impressed me with how well she controlled the players on the pitch.
“After reviewing some contentious decisions from previous tournaments, she used her knowledge to good effect and gave the correct call when tested.”
Keep an eye out for her thoughts on all of the contentious VAR decisions throughout the World Cup as and when they happen!
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