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The Daily Bee (December 4th, 2018): Ballon d’Or winners announced and Champions League implements VAR

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  • VAR to be used in the Champions League

Starting with the round of sixteen of the UEFA Champions League the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used. VAR has been introduced in the Bundesliga in the 2017/18 season and led to some rather controversial decision in its initial season, however things improved during this season.

Re-elected president of TSG Hoffenheim, Peter Hofmann, attacked Hans-Joachim Watzke during their members meeting.

“Mister Watzke, you said you feel nauseated when you think about Bayern’s mint-coloured jerseys. What happens to you when you see the hostility towards Dietmar Hopp in our stadium”

For context Watzke made a dig during the BVB members meeting at Bayern’s unusual kits and said Dortmund will always primarily play in black and yellow.

The comment from Hofmann is, quite frankly, a shameless attempt to somehow make Watzke responsible for what some fans have done during the games against Hoffenheim.

  • Hegerberg, Modric and Mbappé win awards

Ada Hegerberg has become the first female winner of the Ballon d’Or, last season she won the Champions League with her club Olympique Lyonnais and scored 42 goals in just 25 games across all competitions.

Luka Modric, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, won the men’s Ballon d’Or. It was the first time in a decade that the award has gone to someone other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

The newly created Kopa Trophy for the best player under 21 years of age has gone to Kylian Mbappé who won the World Cup with France. Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic was one of the ten players nominated for the trophy and finished in 2nd place in the voting.

Daily Buzz: Do you agree with the three winners?