New: Kevin Un-Friend, Dead & Bury-ed, VAR & what went wrong at Palace.

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VAR-GATE

We look at the farcical decision by Kevin Friend to dissallow Villa’s goal at Crystal Palace.

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DEAD & BURY-ED

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We’ll touch upon the demise of Bury, their expulsion from the football league and what this means for the wider game.

HASSAN ROWSHAN

Iran is never far from the headlines generally and that’s no different when it comes to football.

Iranian football legend Hassan Rowshan is set to be punished in the national stadium with 74 lashings. 

Find out how the man who trained as a manager at Villa finds himself in this situation.

CARLI LLOYD

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The two time Women’s World Cup winner was invited to kick in the NFL in their final pre-season game.  Could you see this happening in football?

CRYSTAL PALACE

We look back in-detail, remove our claret tinted glasses and analyse our third defeat of the season at Selhurst Park.

Aside from the VAR / Kevin Friend debacle; what went wrong?

  • A Jordan Ayew goal, Trezeguet’s poor sending off and whether Villa are carrying a consistent attacking threat.
  • What is our Plan B? How should we respond when we don’t have the ball?
  • Guilbert was quiet, Jota was contained, Luiz struggled with the pace & Wesley cut an isolated figure.
  • Were we fortunate to still be in the game before Lansbury’s goal was ruled out?  Palace had clear-cut chances to finish the game.

But what of the big talking point?

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A huge error from referee Kevin Friend, described by many as the worst decision in living memory.

How are officials seemingly now above constructive criticism or scrutiny?

And what of VAR?  This a system that s supposed to ensure decisions and outcomes are correct – yet this is just the latest in a string of dreadful, erroneous decisions.

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SCOTT HOGAN TOUCH COUNT METER

You’ll be treated to a brand new installment of the ‘Scott Hogan Touch Count Meter’, proudly sponsored by the Warwickshire Gin Company.

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