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Premier League make scrap decision on VAR as Manchester United and Man City cast votes

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Premier League clubs today voted on whether to abolish VAR technology after Wolves put forward the idea on the back of a season of controversy.



The Premier League will not be scrapping VAR technology after its clubs voted against the suggestion at Thursday’s Annual General Meeting.

The motion to drop the system was put forward by Wolves after a year of controversial decisions but it’s understood that no other club – including Manchester United nor Man City – supported them in their bid, with a majority vote passed of 19-1.

A Premier League statement read: “Premier League clubs today voted in favour of continuing to operate VAR in the Premier League. While VAR produces more accurate decision-making, it was agreed that improvements should be made for the benefit of the game and supporters.”

The statement added: “As part of thorough discussions at the Annual General Meeting, it was agreed that PGMOL, the Premier League and clubs all have important roles to play in improving the system and its reputation.

“As part of ongoing work to improve VAR, six key areas were focussed on as part of discussions with clubs:

“1) Maintaining a high threshold for VAR intervention to deliver greater consistency and less interruptions to the flow of the game.

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“2) Reducing delays to the game, primarily through the introduction of semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) and the maintained high threshold for VAR intervention.

“3) Improving fan experience through a reduction in the delays, in-stadium announcements from referees after a post-VAR change of decision and where possible, an enhanced offering of big screen replays to include all VAR interventions.

“4) Working with PGMOL on the implementation of more robust VAR training to improve consistency, including an emphasis on speed of process while preserving accuracy.

“5) Increasing transparency and communication around VAR – including expanded communications from Premier League Match Centre and through broadcast programming such as Match Officials Mic’d Up.

“6) The delivery of a fan and stakeholder VAR communication campaign, which will seek to further clarify VAR’s role in the game to participants and supporters.”

The statement continued: “It was confirmed in April that Semi-Automated Offside Technology will be introduced in the autumn of 2024.

“The technology will provide quicker and consistent placement of the virtual offside line, based on optical player tracking, and will produce high-quality broadcast graphics to ensure an enhanced in-stadium and broadcast experience for supporters.

“The Premier League and PGMOL will continue to lobby IFAB to allow greater flexibility in the Laws of the Game to allow live video and audio broadcast during VAR reviews.”

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