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Major VAR change announced for 10 FA Cup third round ties including Manchester City’s clash against Huddersfield Town



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The Football Association have announced a major change to VAR operations for 10 upcoming FA Cup third round ties.

Manchester City host Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with Pep Guardiola’s side starting their defence of the historic trophy, after winning the competition for a seventh time in June.

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice against local rivals Manchester United in the Final, as Manchester City won 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, with the FA Cup trophy one of five trophies claimed by the Blues in 2023.

Manchester City’s meeting with Huddersfield, who are currently 21st in the Championship after suffering a 4-1 loss to Leicester City on New Year’s Day, is one of 32 ties to take place across the weekend, and one of 10 which will involve VAR.

The technology is only used in ties where a Premier League side is drawn at home, with Video Assistant Referees only utilised in the top-flight of English football.

A notable change has been introduced for the 10 games operating VAR across the weekend, with the FA announcing the introduction of the Support VAR role (SVAR), a position not utilised in the Premier League.

An FA statement said: “Support VARs will be in place for the FA Cup third round proper ties where the technology is in operation.

“A role utilised for a number of UEFA, FIFA and other international fixtures, the Support VAR’s duties will include assisting the VAR and AVAR with evaluating incidents and assisting with the communication between the officials.”

Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the SVAR for Manchester City’s tie with Huddersfield Town, operating alongside Peter Bankes (VAR) and Matthew Wilkes (AVAR).

Michael Salisbury has been named as the referee for the match at the Etihad Stadium, with the official having officiated 12 matches so far this season across all competitions, showing 39 yellow cards and no red cards.