Premier League to use VAR from next season

Rex Christensen
November 15, 2018

They will will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa to use VAR next season.

A number of domestic leagues, including the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A, already utilise VAR and UEFA has confirmed the technology will be introduced in the 2018-19 Champions League season.

It has been carrying out trials, and clubs were given an update at a meeting on Thursday.

The Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A are already using VAR, which allows disputed incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays, and the technology was used at the World Cup in Russian Federation this year.

Top-flight clubs today agreed in principle to bring in VAR from August.

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Video assistant referees (VAR) will be used in Premier League games from next season.

It said it will establish a "clear protocol" for the way VAR decisions are communicated to fans in stadiums following previous criticism from supporters.

The Saints boss was complaining after striker Charlie Austin had a goal disallowed against Watford, prompting the forward to hit out at officials in an interview after the game.

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.

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

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