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English Premier League clubs shareholders to discuss the introduction of VAR for next season

  • As controversial decisions by refs continue to overshadow some EPL games this season, Premier League clubs are set to discuss VAR.
James Alonge
Modified 15 Nov 2018, 18:48 IST

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There will be a meeting of the shareholders of the 20 top flight English Premier League clubs. The meeting is designed to discuss a number of issues regarding the Premier League and the way forward.

The most prominent among the issues to be discussed is the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the Premier League next football season. There has been growing calls from the football fraternity to introduce the technology to help referees make better and informed decisions during games.

This season already, there has been a number of incidents in the Premier League that has again brought to the fore the need to use this technology.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin was absolutely livid at the referee Simon Hooper for controversially disallowing his goal against Watford.

He told television reporters regarding the referee.

“It’s ridiculous, they shouldn’t be in the game."
“We scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out for offside. The officials cost us two points. They said it was offside, that is a joke.
"People go on about VAR, they clearly need help. If this is the best, most-watched league in the world then give them all the help they need. It is a joke."

There was also the Aleksandar Mitrovic goal for Fulham against Liverpool which was disallowed.


The use of Video Assistant Referees is expected to be the top issue discussed . The technology was used at the Russia 2018 World Cup, with many considering it to be a huge success.

This has prompted the Spanish FA to adopt its use this season and it is already winning widespread plaudits from fans.

The German FA has also begun its use as well.

Other matters to be discussed includes the shortening of the summer transfer window before the season kicks off. Fourteen clubs earlier voted for the early closure, while it is understood that the Manchester clubs, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace all disagreed.

There is also the news of outgoing chairman of the football association in England to receive a £5m gesture from Premier League clubs, with each of them to donate £250,000. All these lingering issues are set to be thrashed out today.

Published 15 Nov 2018, 18:48 IST
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