Premier League considers eliminating VAR for next season after club calls for historic vote – Mirror Online

Premier League clubs will vote on whether to eliminate VAR next season. Additional technology has been in place in the Premier League since 2019 but has divided opinion amongst both clubs and fans.

Despite the presence of VAR, a number of high-profile mistakes have occurred in the 2023/24 season. Clubs will decide whether to keep the technology at next month’s annual general meeting, which will take place in Harrogate on June 6.

Wolves, who have been on the receiving end of several controversial VAR decisions this season, argue that there are numerous unintended negative consequences that are damaging the relationship between fans and football, and undermining the value of the Premier League brand. These consequences include the impact on spontaneous goal celebrations, frustration and confusion caused by lengthy VAR checks, diminished accountability of on-field officials, and the persistent errors.

For any motion to be passed, a two-thirds majority (14-6) is needed. Technology would cease to be used from next season if 14 clubs vote in favor of Wolves’ proposal.

A Premier League spokesperson said that the Premier League will facilitate a discussion on VAR with clubs at the annual general meeting next month. The spokesperson also acknowledged the concerns and issues around the use of VAR and stated that clubs are entitled to put forward proposals at shareholders’ meetings.

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