Premier League clubs to vote on scrapping VAR next season

Premier League clubs will vote on the possibility of removing VAR for next season following a proposal brought forward by Wolves. 

VAR was first introduced in 2019 and has aided decision-making for referees but has also generated more controversy following a series of contentious calls, most notably this season. 

The technology has been a huge talking point this campaign and has led clubs and fans to question the integrity of the Premier League and the way in which VAR is operated. 

All 20 Premier League clubs hold a yearly meeting and on June 6 they will gather to discuss the prospect of abolishing VAR. 

Wolves submitted the request to the Premier League for a vote on the existence of VAR, and the club released a statement explaining why they made the move.

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The statement said the decision came “after careful consideration and with the utmost respect for the Premier League, (referees body) PGMOL and our fellow competitors. 

“There is no blame to be placed — we are all just looking for the best possible outcome for football — and all stakeholders have been working hard to try and make the introduction of additional technology a success. 

“However, after five seasons of VAR in the Premier League, it is time for a constructive and critical debate on its future. 

“Our position 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.” 

A Premier League spokesperson said: “The Premier League can confirm it will facilitate a discussion on VAR with our clubs at the annual general meeting next month.

“Clubs are entitled to put forward proposals at shareholders’ meetings and we acknowledge the concerns and issues around the use of VAR. 

“However, the league fully supports the use of VAR and remains committed, alongside PGMOL, to make continued improvements to the system for the benefit of the game and fans.”

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