The Premier League has finally dragged itself over the finishing line.

The English top tier at last accepting the introduction of VAR.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is already used in the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1, as well as at the World Cup finals earlier this year.

A meeting of Premier League clubs on Thursday, finally giving the go ahead for it to be introduced next season.

So from next August, Newcastle fans, if NUFC stay in the Premier League, will experience the pros and cons of decisions being influenced by match officials who aren’t on the pitch.

Whilst some will go for us and some against, it should hopefully start to have an impact on the growing instances of cheating.

It would be great if at the same time they increased the penalty for cheating to a red rather than a yellow card, whilst personally I would love to see 10 match bans for the most blatant offenders.

Official Premier League statement:

‘Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season.

At a shareholders’ meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season.

Key learnings from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and other leagues across the world, were discussed in detail.

The Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.

The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season.’

The Mag – 13 November 2018:

Never very quick off the mark when it comes to moving the game along in the right direction, Thursday is expected to see the Premier League finally back the use of VAR.

This weekend saw yet more instances of clubs clearly wrongly penalised due to decisions made by officials, officials who don’t have the benefit of seeing on a screen what the rest of us can.

This ludicrous current position on Video Assistant Referees (VAR) is on the agenda at Thursday’s meeting of Premier League shareholders, which is expected to lead to a vote on whether to introduce it as from next season.

All of the other major European leagues are already using it, England left behind by Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

VAR was also successfully used in this summer’s World Cup finals and will be used in the Champions League matches as from next (2019/20) season.

The referees association PGMOL trialled the VAR system earlier this season to test that the technology could work at their data centre for multiple matches at the same time.

This was the weekend in September when Newcastle lost 2-1 to Arsenal, with no problems reported. The match officials weren’t fed the information on that occasion, it was simply to show that the technology was fit for purpose.

Managers Mark Hughes and Slavisa Jokanovic were the latest this weekend to be outraged at decisions going against them.

There are countless examples of obvious mistakes being made that would be easily picked up by VAR, such as the penalty Newcastle should have had at Old Trafford this season, which could/would have put NUFC 3-0 up and even Newcastle would have struggled to throw that one away.

Many incidents bring the game into disrepute, such as that Raheem Sterling trip/dive with nobody near him against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last week, the penalty decision laughable for anybody watching on TV.

Hopefully, as expected a bit of common sense will break out when the Premier League clubs meet on Thursday.