Irish officials to oversee first game involving VAR


Irish officials to oversee first game involving VAR

For the first time, a team of match officials from the Republic of Ireland will oversee a UEFA Nations League game, between Faroe Islands and Luxembourg, with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in place.
5th Jun 2022

Referee Rob Hennessy will lead the delegation in Torshavn that includes Wayne McDonnell and Rob Clarke as Assistant Referees, plus Robert Harvey as Fourth Official.

The VAR Assistants, who are from Italy, will link in directly with Hennessy after he completed extensive training involving a mix of theory and practical work at two courses held by UEFA in Turkey.

Elite Referee Allocations officer Tomás Connolly said: "This appointment for an important game in the UEFA Nations League reflects the growing stature that Irish match officials are being held in by UEFA on the back of many successful performances at both international and domestic level.

"Rob Hennessy has gone through the required training to work with VAR and also closely observed the process during recent games at the Aviva Stadium, where it is was in operation.

"We wish Rob and his team the very best of luck with this game and hope that these type of high-profile appointments can inspire more people to get involved in refereeing through our Beginners Course."

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