Soccer – VAR to be used in the Premier League from next season

Soccer – VAR to be used in the Premier League from next season

As per a number of breaking reports this afternoon, VAR will be introduced to the Premier League from the 2019/20 season.

‘It’s a joke’

Calls have intensified for the utilization of the Video Assistant Referee in the English top-flight since the beginning of the current campaign, with the likes of Serie A and the Bundesliga already making use of the technology.

VAR has been tested in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup already this season, but had yet to be agreed on by the Premier League.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin was the latest to have pleaded for the technology’s implementation to league football in England this past weekend, following a controversial incident during the Saints’ clash with Watford which saw the former denied a potentially-crucial 3 points courtesy of a disallowed goal:

‘It’s ridiculous, they (Watford) shouldn’t be in the game.’

‘We score a perfectly good goal, make it 2-0, game’s done and dusted.’

‘The officials cost us two points today. It’s a joke.’

‘We go on about VAR (video assistant referee) this, VAR that – help the officials out, clearly they need help.’

‘We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world, give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It’s a joke.’

‘We deserved three points today, but we’ve been let down by the officials and that’s why we didn’t get three points.’

VAR on its way

But Austin, along with countless fans, pundits and players alike, are set to have their calls for VAR’s arrival in the Premier League answered imminently.

As per the BBC:

‘Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season, after clubs agreed in principle to the move.’

‘The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa.’

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