Former Premier League referee, Howard Webb, has said video assistant referees will help to win the war on diving in English football.

The Football Association is ready to test the controversial system next season in the FA Cup, from the third round onwards. It could also be used in the Carabao Cup.

Webb, who is overseeing the introduction of the system in the MLS, said: “There would be an immediate ­punishment.

“That’s miles better than ­retrospective action some way down the line because the player would not otherwise get the ­punishment on the day. It’s also better than having no VAR because the penalty would ­otherwise stand – wrongly.

“So we are getting to the right sort of an answer where it is clear and obvious.”

The FA has already revealed plans to retrospectively punish players who dive, with two-match bans from August.

 

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