Premier League clubs: No VAR in 2018-19 season

Premier League clubs: No VAR in 2018-19 season

Premier League clubs: No VAR in 2018-19 season

A statement said the clubs "recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made" by referees chief Mike Riley and his team.

Despite football's lawmakers giving it the thumbs up and the system being used at the World Cup, English Premier League clubs have voted not to use video assistant referees next season.

The decision from the Premier League follows UEFA's announcement that they will not be fast-tracking the system into the Champions League or Europa League next season.

They will carry on the experiment next season with more VAR games in cup competitions and the possibility of it being used in the Premier League as a trial run with the results not being used.

"Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout Season 2018/19".

Critics have pointed to the amount of time often taken to reach a decision, while the lack of communication with fans inside the stadium has also been a sticking point.

The decision was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 top-flight clubs voted. It's not flawless at the moment.

While Serie A and the Bundesliga have used VAR this season, as well as the Football Association having it for the FA Cup this season, England's top flight competition will not have the technology.

Manchester United's FA Cup clash against Yeovil was controversial as an offside line was poorly drawn on screens shown, whilst Liverpool's FA Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion was marred with controversy regarding penalty decisions.

Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot and afterwards England manager Gareth Southgate said: "I'm glad it's not the World Cup just yet". I really would prefer we have the right decisions, but it needs to be fixed before that.

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