Premier League clubs say no to VAR for next season


All 20 club members of the English Premier League has voted against the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the Premier League next season.

As such, the Premier League will not be implementing VAR in the top flight next term, with the decision taken to rather continue testing and improving on its shortcomings, which include fans inside the stadium being left largely in the dark over the decision-making process.

Instead, the Premier League themselves have announced they plan to continue running "further advanced tests" in the FA Cup and the League Cup to iron out what they call "communication problems" with the VAR procedure.

'The clubs agreed that advanced testing on the use of the video technology will continue to the end of 2018-19.

The new technology, which is already being used in English cup matches, has been an obvious positive.

Clubs especially want improvements in communication inside the stadium and for TV viewers.

"The only experience I have with VAR is the West Brom game and I really think that was very interesting", said Klopp.

A statement said the clubs "recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made" by referees chief Mike Riley and his team. "We are all agreed it took a little long for all decisions".

It is created to only intervene for four major incidents - goals, red cards, penalties and mistaken identity - and will be in operation at the World Cup finals in Russian Federation this summer. And of course, controversial decisions will always happen in football.

UEFA, European football's governing body, has still to be convinced, however.