Premier League agrees VAR replays in stadiums where 'definitive' replay is available

BYDGOSZCZ, POLAND - MAY 28: Detail of there VAR equipment prior to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup group E match between Panama and France at Bydgoszcz Stadium on May 28, 2019 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (Photo by Marc Atkins - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
VAR equipment in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup (Photo by Marc Atkins - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Video replays will be shown on TV screens in the Premier League next season, England’s top flight has announced.

The league agreed to bring VAR into effect as of the 2019-20 season towards the end of last year.

That change will see match-changing decisions reviewed in-game, so as to reduce clearly wrong decisions.

The system has come under fire for the way it can isolate fans at the grounds while those watching on TV have access to replays.

But the Premier League voted on Wednesday to end this and display a ‘definitive’ replay to the crowd at the match, where one is available.

They are also considering sending replays through to mobiles via an app.

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A statement, tweeted by Martyn Ziegler, read: “Premier League clubs were today provided with an update on plans for the introduction of VAR in the competition next season.

“This included details on in-stadium communications, in particular when there is a clear delay to a match because of VAR, and when refereeing decisions are over-turned due to the intervention of VAR.

“The Premier League has created graphics which will be displayed on giant screens to explain any VAR-related delay to a match, and any over-turned decision.

“Additionally, if the VAR believes there is a definitive video-clip which helps explain an over-turned decision to fans, it will be broadcast on giant screens. In addition, the Premier League is investigating the possibility of messages and video-clips being viewed on handheld devices via an app.

“For clubs which do not have giant screens in their stadium, VAR communications will be made via a combination of PA announcements and messages on scoreboards.”

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