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READ | Millers FA Cup tie at Manchester City selected for VAR technology use

19 December 2018

Rotherham United will be involved in a game where officials use VAR (Video Assisted Referee) for the first time in an Emirates FA Cup fixture when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

The Third Round tie, set to take place on Sunday 6th January 2019, will see the appointed match referee have the new technology at his disposal should he opt to use it.

Supporters may be familiar with VAR following this summer’s World Cup competition, where it was available to officials throughout, but this will be the Millers’ first ever involvement in a game in this competition in which it is used. The only other game in the club's history in which it was used was Rotherham United's Carabao Cup tie with Everton at Goodison Park earlier this season.

VAR can be used to review four categories of match-changing incidents: awarding goals, penalty or no penalty, direct red cards (not second yellow cards) and cases of mistaken identity. For a decision made on the pitch to be overturned, it must be a "clear error".

VAR will be used in the following Emirates FA Cup Third Round fixtures:

Saturday 5 January 2019
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion (12.30pm GMT)
Burnley v Barnsley (12.30pm GMT)
West Ham United v Birmingham City (12.30pm GMT)
Manchester United v Reading (12.30pm GMT)
Crystal Palace v Grimsby Town (5.30pm GMT)
Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers (5.30pm GMT)

Sunday 6 January 2019
Fulham v Oldham Athletic (2pm GMT)
Manchester City v Rotherham United (2pm GMT)

Monday 7 January 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool (7.45pm GMT)

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