VAR unused as Brighton beat Crystal Palace to reach FA Cup fourth round

Video Assistant Referee technology remained unused on its introduction to English football – but there was a hint of controversy as Brighton eliminated Crystal Palace from the FA Cup.

VAR was available for the first time in a competitive fixture in England, but it was not called upon by referee Andre Marriner, even though there was a suspicion of handball about Glenn Murray’s late goal against his former club which sealed a 2-1 home win.

Bakary Sako’s fine second-half strike had brought Palace level after Dale Stephens had given the hosts the lead at The Amex Stadium.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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