November 13 – Premier League bosses are to meet English football’s head of referees on Thursday in attempt to sort out ongoing confusion over VAR which many pundits believe is wrecking the spirit of the game.
According to The Times, they will demand changes and even raise the possibility of scrapping the technology mid-season in order to fix the inconsistency that has plagued virtually every weekend of the season so far.
The 20 clubs are to meet Mike Riley, the head of referees, amid growing pressure for officials to use pitch-side monitors before going automatically resorting to VAR.
Under International FA Board guidelines, the use of the monitors is optional yet there has not been a single occasion that they have been used in the Premier League, with VAR instead ruling on marginal decisions especially offside and handball.
One unnamed club chief executive told The Times: “You can see the fans are turning against it now and that must be a worry,” he said. “The supporters in the stadium, as well as the players, want to know that the referee is having the final say, not someone several hundred miles away.”
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