Premier League clubs vote against VAR
Premier League clubs have voted against the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) next season, arguing that more testing is required.
The decision was made at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 member clubs voted.
“Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout Season 2018/19.
“The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions using it elsewhere.
“The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL Managing Director Mike Riley and his team.
“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.
“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,” a statement released after the meeting read.
VAR will be used in most of the big leagues next season and at this year’s World Cup in Russia.