France begins reopening south-coast beaches on first post-lockdown weekend | AFP

Beaches on the Mediterranean coast are starting to reopen as France looks forward to its first weekend post-lockdown since the coronavirus crisis began. On Saturday the beach at Almanarre, in the Var, is one of the first to reopen, albeit with caveats: no sunbathing, picnicking or sports and team games. IMAGES

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French Interior Minister tours flood affected areas by helicopter | AFP

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner views areas affected by severe flooding in the Var by helicopter, after meeting with the some of those affected. Torrential rains across northern Italy and southern France killed three people at the weekend. In France, two people died and at least one was missing as high floodwaters swamped cars and turned roads into rivers. IMAGES

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France’s C么te d’Azur hit by flooding | AFP

The water level is receding in most of the areas affected by the floods on the C么te d’Azur, where M茅t茅o-France has lifted its red alert. In Roquebrune-sur-Argens, in the Var, the Argens River has risen to more than seven metres, beating previous flood records from 2011. IMAGES

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VAR denies Brazil as Venezuela battle to draw | AFP

Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw against Venezuela in the Copa America after a dramatic finale which saw a late Philippe Coutinho strike ruled out by VAR.

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On The Touchline: Mourinho talks VAR moments in Man City-Spurs Champions League thriller (E4 PROMO)

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Video technology in football

Videographic on VAR. Stunned Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said his side’s Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United on Wednesday was “cruel” but refused to blame the match officials after the late VAR-awarded penalty that decided the tie.VIDEOGRAPHICS

Man Utd stun PSG with last-gasp Rashford penalty

Marcus Rashford scores a stoppage-time penalty awarded after a VAR review to give Manchester United a stunning 3鈥1 win away over Paris Saint-Germain as they go through to the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.

Video technology in football

Videographic on VAR. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that there will be no more excuses as Video Assistant Referees (VAR) make their debut in the Champions League starting this week.VIDEOGRAPHICS

FIFA boss Infantino: ‘This is the best World Cup ever’

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said two days ahead of the final this has been so far the ‘best World Cup ever’ and that he believes the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system is ‘cleaning’ football, by turning it into a more ‘transparent’ and just’ competition.

World Cup: “VAR doesn’t mean perfection” says FIFA referee chief

The chairman of the FIFA referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, says Video Assistant Refereeing “doesn’t mean perfection” but says the system has helped increase the accuracy of referee decisions by almost 4% to a level of 99.3%, something he says “is something that is very, very close to perfection”.

The Stan Collymore Show: Mark Bosnich, classical kits and World Cup fans

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– Stan meets former Australia goalkeeper and ex-teammate Mark Bosnich to discuss VAR, Germany鈥檚 early exit and England鈥檚 chances;
– The Classic Football Shirts exhibition has an impressive display of kits, each with a story to tell;
– Fans from all over the world bring the football spirit to Russia鈥檚 streets during the Group Stage of the World Cup.
Bonus 鈥 Stan gets his Achilles tendon rupture treated by a Peruvian shaman.

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Tech, refs and football – fans weigh in on use of VAR

VAR is a major talking point at the World Cup in Russia, with the system that was supposed to provide “minimum interference” instead having a highly controversial impact. Opinions among fans are also divided, with many questioning the balance between the use of technology and the spectacle of the sport.

‘Big players never miss?’: Peter Schmeichel talks Ronaldo’s performance & VAR

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will be left to rue his missed penalty that would have seen his team qualify from Group B in first place, as Spain could only manage a last-gasp draw against already-eliminated Morocco, although in similarly dramatic fashion

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Refereeing bosses insist VAR will help, not hinder, World Cup

Despite lingering doubts about the use of video assistant referee (VAR) in Russia, FIFA’s refereeing bosses insisted on Tuesday that it will help — not hinder — officiating at the World Cup. The VAR system has been the source of confusing decisions and long delays while situations are checked during testing in both the German Bundesliga and Serie A.