FA Cup trial for Video Assistant Referee

Brighton and Crystal Palace picked as first VAR club match in England

Brighton and Crystal Palace picked as first VAR club match in England

Brighton and Hove Albion's third-round FA Cup meeting with Crystal Palace on January 8 will be the first competitive club match in England in which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used, the Football Association said on Thursday.

Six people were arrested and two stewards were taken to hospital after the two sides met on 28 November.

But they now say no such items were recovered at the stadium.

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However Sussex Police have now released a statement which reads: "The reference to weapons being found discarded at the stadium following the Brighton v Crystal Palace match on November 28 was based on information logged by our officers on the night and done so in good faith". We accept that this information was incorrect and the tweet published earlier today by one of our officers was wrong.

A police statement the day after the game referred to fans trying to get into the stadium through fire exit doors in the south stand, where away supporters were housed.

Sussex Police issue an apology for wrongly claiming that weapons were found after crowd trouble during Brighton & Hove Albion's Premier League game with Crystal Palace.