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Premier League confirms introduction of VAR technology from 2019/20 season - reports

After initially holding off implimenting the technology, the Premier League have finally announced it will debut VAR comes 2019 season pending a go ahead from The International Football Association Board (The IFAB), reports say.

This is possible because the league's 20 clubs have agreed 'in principle'.

A statement released on Thursday revealed that a Shareholders’ Meeting had been held in which "key learnings" from VAR implementation in leagues around the world, including Spain, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup in England, were discussed in detail.

The statement read: "The Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.

"The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season."

VAR was used at this summer's FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, the first time it had been introduced to a major football tournament.

The system can assist the match official review decisions relating to goals, and whether there was a violation in the lead up to it, which includes offside or a foul; penalty decisions; straight red card decisions; and cases of mistaken identity, in awarding a red or yellow card.
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