Premier League clubs reject introduction of VAR next season

Premier League clubs reject introduction of VAR next season

Premier League clubs reject introduction of VAR next season

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.

Speaking moments after the Premier League announced its clubs had voted to continue "advanced testing" of VAR during the 2018-19 campaign due to a lack of support for it to be brought in from August, Guardiola said: "I think Manchester City agreed to it but the other top teams, United and Chelsea I think, they didn't want it".

The decision was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 member clubs voted.

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Liverpool's VAR woes haven't even remained within the confides of trial matches, as Reds fans were perplexed during their league game with Tottenham Hotspur as referee Jon Moss was heard asking a colleague if he'd seen anything on the TV regarding a penalty claim, despite VAR not being used in league matches. It's not flawless at the moment.

There was controversy when England were denied a World Cup warm-up win when VAR helped Italy salvage a 1-1 draw at Wembley last month, after German referee Deniz Aytekin overturned his initial decision not to award a spot-kick when substitute Federico Chiesa tumbled under the challenge of James Tarkowski five minutes from time. I think the ruling is "clear and obvious" and it's not. I really would prefer we have the right decisions, but it needs to be fixed before that.

They will carry on the experiment next season with more VAR games in cup competitions and the possibility of it being used in the Premier League as a trial run with the results not being used.

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UEFA, European football's governing body, has still to be convinced, however.

Premier League club bosses also want to explore more use of big screens to inform the crowds and getting messages that VAR is being used on PA tannoys.

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