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VAR To Be Used In English Premier League Next Season

The English Premier League plans to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system from next season as clubs agree in principle to the proposition.

At a meeting attended by top members of all the 20 Premier League clubs, an update on the non-live VAR trials taking place was presented. They also reviewed “Key Learnings” from the use of VAR in the FA Cup and League Cup during the season.

There has been a clamor for VAR in recent years to improve on fair play. It was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with 335 incidents checked by officials. It is also already in use in some other European leagues.

The Premier League will now send a formal request to FIFA and the International Football Association Board.

In a statement from the Premier League, it disclosed that its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season.

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

VAR is useful in checking goals, penalties – both awarded or not, direct red cards; and also when a player is wrongly booked or sent off.

The referee usually relays the information to the VAR team through his earpiece. He can also review the footage for some incidents on a pitch side television monitor before making a final call.

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