News broke yesterday that Premier League clubs have voted against introducing the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) next season, despite a high success rate using the technology in leagues such as Italy’s Serie A.
BREAKING: Premier League clubs reject introduction of VAR for the competition next season in favour of further 'testing' in FA Cup & EFL Cup. They acknowledge 'communication' problems
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The clubs decided that tests will continue next season ahead of potentially bringing it in for the 2019/20 campaign, but both the FA Cup and League Cup could use it next season.
In the embargoed portion of his Friday press conference, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that the club were for introducing it immediately, but rivals are not so keen – specifically naming Manchester United and Chelsea.
“I think Manchester City agreed to it but the other top teams, Manchester United and Chelsea I think, they didn’t want it,” Guardiola said.
“It’s okay, it will happen though. Not just here in England, all around the world, the referees must be helped. Today the football is quicker, it’s faster.
“Now, for example, right now we don’t know if it was a penalty or no penalty for Madrid.
“It’s not easy for the referees. I think they need to be helped, but if the guys decided to do that, it will happen.”
City would certainly have benefited from VAR recently, with mistakes from referees and assistant referees having huge impacts on both the Champions League exit to Liverpool and derby day defeat to Manchester United.
Bernardo Silva also called for VAR to be used in next year’s Champions League after a poor display by Mateu Lahoz and his assistants in the second leg of the Liverpool tie, when they incorrectly ruled out a City goal for offside that would have made it 2-0.
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