Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Premier League clubs reject introduction of VAR next season

Premier League clubs reject introduction of VAR next season

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will not be used in the Premier League next season after clubs voted to extend trials for another year.

Premier League clubs have voted to delay introducing VAR for another 12 months.

The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, it said, adding that lessons had also been drawn from the many other competitions using the system. They also asked for a greater emphasis on communicating VAR decisions to spectators, one of the most strident complaints against the technology to this point.

Instead, the Premier League themselves have announced they plan to continue running "further advanced tests" in the FA Cup and the League Cup to iron out what they call "communication problems" with the VAR procedure.

While Serie A and the Bundesliga have used VAR this season, as well as the Football Association having it for the FA Cup this season, England's top flight competition will not have the technology.

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Supporters have at times been left bewildered while games have been stopped for long periods of time while decisions were being made.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who experienced VAR during an FA Cup game with West Bromwich Albion, agreed improvement was needed before VAR could be used in the Premier League. "We all agreed it took a little bit long for the decisions", said the German.

"I stick to it - I really would prefer we have the right decisions but it needs to be fixed before that". It's not flawless at the moment.

"The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL managing director Mike Riley and his team".

Pep Guardiola has accused Manchester United and Chelsea of being among the clubs to block the introduction of video technology into the Premier League.

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