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Palace changing room split down middle after VAR debut: McArthur

By Declan Warrington

James McArthur and the Crystal Palace dressing room remain divided on the effectiveness of Video Assistant Referee technology after witnessing its influence in their 2-1 defeat at Brighton.

Palace were eliminated from the FA Cup on Monday following their former striker Glenn Murray's 87th-minute goal in the first competitive fixture in English football in which VAR was used.

It was only when Murray scored, with his knee and amid suspicions of handball, that it was needed, but the incident was shrouded in confusion. Match official Andre Marriner did not signal he was receiving assistance from Neil Swarbrick, who was working with the technology, or use the pitch-side monitors.

McArthur said: "They had a look and do not think it is handball. It is hard for them. We've half the changing room saying it is a goal and half saying it is not."

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