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Breaking News: Premier League clubs make decision on VAR

4 years ago

Premier League clubs have met on Friday.

The 20 clubs, amongst other things, voting on whether to use VAR in the English top tier next season.

Both the Bundesliga and Serie A decided to bring in VAR this current season, with mixed results…

When the decision was put to the vote, the 20 Premier League clubs were happy for VAR to be used in the FA Cup and League Cup next season – but not in the Premier League for the time being.

Using the technology has to to come in at some point, with cheating still rife and obvious mistakes still regularly made.

However, the way that it has been implemented has been a total joke and needs some common sense applied in its usage.

BBC Sport:

‘The clubs agreed that advanced testing on the use of the video technology will continue to the end of 2018-19.

Premier League officials want the system to be implemented for FA Cup and League Cup matches again next term.

There were some notable high-profile problems with the new technology when it was used for matches in this season’s FA Cup.

In Manchester United’s victory at Huddersfield in the last 16 of the FA Cup, for example, on-screen lines used to adjudicate on an offside decision were curved and distorted.

Clubs also want improvement to communication inside the stadium and for TV viewers.

The decision not to bring in the system next season was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 member clubs voted.

A statement said the clubs “recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made” by referees chief Mike Riley and his team.

The International Football Association Board (Ifab) is expected to approve VAR when it meets in Zurich, in time for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Ifab technical director and former Premier League referee David Elleray said 40 countries were using, trialling or interested in VAR technology.

Germany and Italy introduced VAR across their top leagues this season.

In the Bundesliga, technical problems led to 47% of players wanting to abolish the system, according to a survey published in Kicker magazine in January.’


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