Premier League to use VAR next season

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A Premier League statement read: "At a shareholders' meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season".

It said it will establish a "clear protocol" for the way VAR decisions are communicated to fans in stadiums following previous criticism from supporters. Meanwhile, should Aston Villa and West Brom earn promotion this season, they too will play under the new technology in the top flight.

After initially holding off implimenting the technology, the Premier League will debut VAR pending a go ahead from The International Football Association Board (The IFAB).

VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, where 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials, and is already underway in some other European leagues.

VAR was also successfully used in this summer's World Cup finals and will be used in the Champions League matches as from next (2019/20) season.

"I think as long as we get the training and education right, and we get the right personnel, that's the most important thing for me".

The Premier League clubs also chose 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. "They're still going to be making these big calls correctly".

The system allows referees to review video footage of key decisions such as the awarding of goals, penalties and red cards during matches.

The referee has the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team.

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