?The Premier League has announced that pitchside monitors will continue to be used sparingly by referees during the VAR process, following a meeting involving all 20 top flight clubs.
The technology was introduced into the league at the beginning of the season, but it has been repeatedly criticised for numerous reasons.
At a Shareholders’ meeting today, the implementation of VAR was discussed and the Premier League and PGMOL committed to improving the consistency of decisions, speeding up processes and increasing communication to fans
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— Premier League Communications (@PLComms) November 14, 2019
Most recently, Manchester City fans were left bemused that a potential handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold was not picked up by VAR in their game against Liverpool, and Everton manager Marco Silva also called for a greater level of consistency in refereeing decisions.
Jurgen Klopp has also b?een critical, asking UEFA to implement changes to the system at a recent managers summit, while former referees boss Keith Hackett similarly blasted the poor standard of officiating this campaign.
Due to this, VAR was at the forefront of concerns discussed at Thursday’s meet-up of the bosses of all 20 Premier League clubs.
However, ?a Premier League statement has revealed that despite the criticism, there will be no changes to the way that pitchside monitors are used by referees this season.
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The announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise as only a few days prior it was expected that the meeting ?would result in a shift in the way that VAR is used in the Premier League.
Other issues discussed on Thursday included the time that it takes to complete a VAR check. Current chief referee Mike Riley is reported by Dale Johnson of ESPN to have suggested “speed and consistency of decision-making are priority areas of work and will improve as the officials become more experienced with the technology and protocols.”
Currently, the average time for a VAR check is around 33 seconds, while the average duration of an overturned decision is approximately 75 seconds.