VAR TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE NEXT SEASON

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Video assistant referees (VAR) will be introduced in the Premier League from the start of next season.

The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA after clubs agreed in principle to its introduction.

The decision was made following a vote from all 20 Premier League clubs and now the use of video replays will be used to assist officials during games starting from next season.

In April, Premier League clubs voted against it being used for the 2018-19 season, but clubs are now keen on its introduction next season.

On Saturday, Southampton’s Charlie Austin called for a change after he was denied a goal for offside against Watford, a decision he called a “joke”.

A statement from the Premier League on Thursday read: “Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season.

“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.

“Key learnings from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and other leagues across the world, were discussed in detail.

“The Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.

“The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season.”

VAR was used at the World Cup this summer, while the technology is now being used in La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, and it will also be introduced in the Champions League next season.

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