Video Assistant Referees To Be Used In The Premier League From 2019

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) is set to be used in the rip-roaring yet grueling Premier League from next season the cash-rich league has confirmed. At a shareholders’ meeting held on Thursday, a majority of the clubs voted in favor of VAR after having reached a principle agreement.

The VAR, which was introduced in the FIFA World Cup, proved to be a savior for many teams in a just manner. The referee here reviews decisions made by the on-field referees and with the use of live footage and latest technologies. It is also used in the Champions League, Serie A, and German Bundesliga.

An array of horrific decisions made by the referees this season so far has triggered the move from the PL clubs. Six months after deciding to delay the final call, the shareholders of each club have finally turned to this change of policy.

A statement from the official league website read as follows:

“Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season. At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season.”

“Key learnings from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and other leagues across the world were discussed in detail.”

“The Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.”

“The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season.”

Video Assistant Referees has certainly proved to be a boon. Not only does it play each and every on-field decision by its merit, but also save disheartening and unfair moments suffered by the football fraternity.

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