Premier League clubs agree to bring VAR in next season

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2018

The Premier League clubs also made a decision to keep the early closing of the summer transfer window before the start of the season, despite the idea being widely regarded this year as counterproductive and placing them at a disadvantage relative to European rivals.

But a statement from the Premier League on Thursday read: 'Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season.

The introduction of the technology comes after clubs voted unanimously against its use in England's top flight during the 2018-19 campaign, instead agreeing to continue testing of the system.

EFL clubs followed the Premier League's example a year ago by bringing their transfer deadline forward but foreign leagues did not, resulting in two transfer deadlines last summer. I know a lot of people are against it but we've got to embrace it now and move forward. "We scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out for offside", he said .

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"The referees will still want to go out and get the key match decisions right, it's very important that referees are not hiding behind the VAR".

But there have been growing calls from managers and players for VAR to be introduced into the English top-flight for several years.

Referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez uses VAR during a La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid last month. Those incidents led to 20 reviews, with 17 decisions changed as a result.

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