Premier League could scrap VAR next season as one club ‚triggers mass vote‘ | Football | Sport

Premier League clubs will reportedly vote on a proposal to abolish VAR ahead of next season. The technology has been used in the top-flight since 2019 but has split opinion among key stakeholders.

Despite being introduced to improve the accuracy of refereeing decisions, VAR has generated controversy over the last five years. Some clubs have at times been at odds with the authorities over key decisions.

Liverpool were infamously denied a goal against Tottenham earlier this season, with a misunderstanding between the officials leading to Luis Diaz incorrectly having a goal ruled out for offside.

Premier League side Wolves have formally submitted a resolution to the Premier League calling for VAR to be scrapped this summer. It will reportedly trigger a vote among the 20 representatives at their annual meeting in Harrogate on June 6.

A Wolves statement, as reported by The Athletic, said that the move came “after careful consideration and with the utmost respect for the Premier League, (referees body) PGMOL and our fellow competitors.”

It continued: “There is no blame to be placed – we are all just looking for the best possible outcome for football – and all stakeholders have been working hard to try and make the introduction of additional technology a success.

“However, after five seasons of VAR in the Premier League, it is time for a constructive and critical debate on its future.

“Our position is that the price we are paying for a small increase in accuracy is at odds with the spirit of our game, and as a result we should remove it from the 2024/25 season onwards.”


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