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Premier League clubs will discuss proposals to scrap VAR next season


The Premier League's 20 clubs will discuss a proposal to scrap the use of video review – or VAR – for refereeing decisions.

Wolverhampton have submitted a resolution to trigger a vote at the league's annual general meeting on June 6. If at least 14 of the 20 clubs vote in favor, VAR can be removed.

Wolves said the use of VAR “has led to a number of unintended negative consequences which are damaging the relationship between fans and football and diminishing the value of the Premier League brand.”

“The resolution has been tabled after careful consideration with the utmost respect for the Premier League, PGMOL (referee body) and our fellow competitors,” the club said.

“There is no fault – we are all looking for the best possible outcome for football – and all stakeholders are working hard to make the introduction of additional technology a success.”

However, Wolves said that “it is time for a constructive and critical debate” on the future of VAR after five years of technology.

“Our position,” the club added, “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.”

The Premier League confirmed that the future of VAR would be discussed at the AGM and said “we acknowledge the concerns and issues surrounding the use of VAR.”

The league believes that eliminating video review will increase the number of erroneous decisions. According to the league, the number of correct decisions in games has increased to 96% from 82% before the introduction of VAR this season.

“The league fully supports the use of VAR and remains committed alongside the PGMOL to continually improve the system for the benefit of the game and fans,” the competition said.

Currently, Swedish League It is the only top-30 ranked league in Europe not to use video review

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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