Clubs vote against use of VAR in the 2018/19 season


"Premier League clubs have today (Saturday) agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout season 2018/19", said a league statement.

A Premier League release notes that England's top flight will be aggregating data and expertise from all the leagues now using VAR in their competitions before adopting a system of its own.

The Premier League has asked that VAR be used more extensively in the FA Cup and League Cup next season.

A decision to defer implementation of the controversial refereeing technology was passed by a two-thirds majority at a meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs yesterday, after VAR trials in English football this year were met with widespread criticism.

Critics have pointed to the amount of time often taken to reach a decision, while the lack of communication with fans inside the stadium has also been a sticking point. It's not ideal at the moment.

Tottenham have been on the receiving end of a number of questionable calls in the FA Cup
Tottenham have been on the receiving end of a number of questionable calls in the FA Cup

"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". Not just here in England, all around the world, the referees must be helped. I think the ruling is "clear and obvious" and it's not. They have decided that they rather not give their referees all of their information needed to make the best decision as possible.

"Now, for example, right now we don't know if it was a penalty or no penalty for Madrid".

It is created to only intervene for four major incidents - goals, red cards, penalties and mistaken identity - and will be in operation at the World Cup finals in Russian Federation this summer.

Germany and Italy introduced VAR across their top leagues this season.

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