Premier League Clubs Vote against VAR

Premier League clubs have voted against using the controversial VAR on a full-time basis from next season.

This comes after mixed, if not negative results following the application of the technology in the FA Cup games and the Carabao Cup final this season.

Critics have hammered on the amount of time often taken to reach a decision, and the fact that VAR still doesn’t reach completely satisfactory conclusions.

Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat at home to West Brom in January saw a number of long delays as the officials made their rulings and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp believes the process needs to be perfected before it can be introduced full-time.

While VAR has been used across all matches in Serie A and the Bundesliga, England’s top-flight clubs have decided not to follow suit just yet, and the system will continue to be tested in the 2018-19 campaign.

“Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout the 2018-19 season,” read a Premier League statement.

“The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football and key learnings from the many competitions elsewhere using it.

“The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] managing director Mike Riley and his team.

“The clubs agreed that advanced testing will continue to the end of season 2018-19 to make further improvements to the system, especially around communication inside the stadium and for those following at home and around the world.

“The Premier League will also be asking for VAR to be used more extensively in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in season 2018-19.”

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