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BREAKING: Video Assistant Referees (VAR) To Be Used In Premier League From Next Season

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The Premier League is set to use the Video Assistant Referee system from next season after clubs “agreed in principle” to the move on Thursday.

During a meeting attended by key members of all 20 Premier League clubs, officials were presented with an update on the non-live VAR trials taking place.

They were also given “key learnings” from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and League Cup this season.

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VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials, and is already underway in some other European leagues.

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A formal Premier League request will now be made to the International Football Association Board and FIFA, the world governing body.

A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season, “with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently”.

How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will be addressed, with the development of a “clear protocol” to be established.

In April, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR for the 2018-19 season.

But there have been growing calls from managers and players for VAR to be introduced into the English top-flight for several years.

On Saturday, Southampton forward Charlie Austin called for VAR after he was denied a goal for offside against Watford, a decision he called a “joke”.

Also last weekend, Slavisa Jokanovic, since sacked as Fulham manager, was furious after Aleksandar Mitrovic was denied a goal by a controversial offside decision, with Liverpool going straight down the other end to take the lead.

VAR is used to check goals, penalties — both awarded and not, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity when a player is wrongly booked or sent off.

The referee has the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team.

For some incidents, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.

(AFP)

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