Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

AFC approve VAR for Asian Cup to be used from quarterfinals onwards

AFC approve VAR for Asian Cup to be used from quarterfinals onwards

Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) from the start of next season, they said on Thursday.

How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium is to also be addressed, with the development of a "clear protocol" to be established.

In a statement the league said: "Key learnings from VAR's use in the FA and Carabao Cups, and other leagues across the world, were discussed in detail".

The top leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany 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.

The VAR system has been approved for use at next year's Asian Cup from the quarterfinal stage.

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VAR was used at the World Cup this summer, while the technology is now being used in La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga.

Regardless, it was put to the vote for Premier League clubs to decide if they wanted to repeat the early closure for next season-and they did exactly that, with a 14-5 majority.

It will be the first time VAR has been used at an Asian Cup, which has been expanded to a record 24 nations in 2019.

But which young players in the Premier League are set to become the next big names in modern football? It will be arguably the most significant change to how English league matches are officiated since the introduction of neutral linesmen... "I know a lot of people are against it but we've got to embrace it now and move forward", he told the BBC.

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