Premier League clubs reject VAR for 2018-19

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England's 20 top-flight clubs have voted to postpone any introduction of video assistance referees (VAR) for at least a season.

The Premier League's clubs made a decision not allow VAR technology to be debuted during 2018-19 while further assessment of its suitability can be made.

Testing of video replays to aid match officials with key match incidents has been on trial in the FA Cup this season to mixed reviews and Fifa has confirmed that they will be used at the World Cup for the first time this summer.

The Premier League clubs have called for further testing of VAR's viability in the domestic cup competitions in 2018-19 while also approving the expansion of "non-live" trials.

“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," a statement from the Premier League read.

“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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Richard Humphrey
1 Posted 13/04/2018 at 21:37:25
Thank God for that!!!
Justin Doone
2 Posted 15/04/2018 at 05:54:40
VAR is not needed. They need to make rules simpler.

Offside rules need clearing up, especially when interfering with play. If they are in the penalty area of course they are, why else be there?

Diving & simulation. The clamp down only lasts a few games and then everyone's back at it. More retrospective punishment needs handing out.

I'm still astonished Niasse is one of the few players to have been punished for it despite there being contact. That makes no sense to me. Watch any of the top 6 sides – every game, there's blatant dropping to the floor without contact and nothing's done.

Whilst on it, 90% of the time when players are are dragged back, it's a booking. Why not 100%?

In the derby, Baines gets blatantly dragged back by a filthy red scum player; ref sees it, gives a free kick but no card. Again, it's the inconsistency that annoys everyone. Either explain in what circumstances it's not a booking, or just make it compulsory 100% yellow card every time. Refs that are consistently inconsistent are banned from Premier League.

Sticking up for refs a minute – whatever happened to the respect campaign? Managers are as bad as players. They all need booking and told to move away or get banned for 3 games.

Buffon, a great keeper but can't see the wood for the trees because he's up his own behind.

David Barks
3 Posted 15/04/2018 at 06:06:18
Everyone makes far too much of replay assistance, VAR, whatever you want to call it. All the purity people complained that adding substitutes was horrible back in the day too.

Changing or clarifying the rules has nothing to do with the basic concept of allowing someone to use the same replay the commentators get to see in order to rule simple things like whether a penalty was in fact committed, whether a foul did in fact occur inside the box, whether a player dived, and be able to be certain that a red card offense should in fact have been a red.

Change the offside score rule if you want, it's not really complicated as it is. But I cannot see an issue with VAR if it was used to review a possible offsides that led to a goal, where the play in question was allowed to continue and then, after the goal is scored, they review to see if in fact it was offside. Why is that such a difficult thing or so terrible? It should be done like in rugby, reviewed by a separate official who lets the official on the field know the call within a few seconds.

Steve Carse
4 Posted 15/04/2018 at 11:11:43
David, in answer to your question posed in your last paragraph, I would suggest the reason is that fans would have to put their celebrations on hold for virtually every goal!
Jason Wilkinson
5 Posted 15/04/2018 at 11:33:58
I would suggest our board of directors use VAR when appointing managers... "Very awful results" is the only thing bothering me.

Football is not an entertainment business – it's a winning matches business. If we wanted to be entertained, we would be off to the circus every week.

TPA is what we need: "two point average" – oh, and a cup final. Get your VAR on that one, Mr Moshiri.

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