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This is the first time Video Assistant Referee system, known as VAR,has been used at the world cup to assist referees make decisions. KIMIMASA MAYAMA/AAP

How video assistant referees could undermine on-field referees at the FIFA World Cup

Video assistant referees have led to some controversial decisions at the World Cup. Rather than improving the quality of decision making by on-field refs, VAR could undermine it instead.

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