Divers will be punished

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Howard Webb believes that the introduction of Video Assistant Referee system will put an end to diving within the game.


He said that divers have been affecting the team negatively and that it is high time to bring this to an end.

The former referee said that it is never easy for a referee to distinguish a dive from a genuine foul in the heat of the action but with Video Assistant Referee system this can become easier.

Video Assistant Referee system has been tried in some matches and will be introduced in the FA Cup this coming season.

Howard Webb who knows work for MLS said that they would be using Video Assistant Referee system this season and they will see how it goes.

He believes that the system will be a major asset for referees and will allow them to make decision better and fairer for all parties. He believes that this needs to be coupled with new rules for retrospective punishment so that players know that they will be punished if they try to cheat on the pitch.

Howard Webb was previously against the introduction of Video Assistant Referee system in football, but he has changed his opinion after Thierry Henry scored a handball in the match that qualified France for the World Cup. He said that this was an unjust decision and that this could have been avoided if there was a Video Assistant Referee system in use at that time. He admitted that there was no way for the referee to make the correct decision from where he was.

He feels that it is high time for football to make full use of technology and to help make the game better and fairer. He said that they would be working on regulations loopholes and make sure that it is ready for the upcoming MLS season.