Premier League announces changes in VAR

The English Premier League has announced that fans inside stadia, will get more detailed information about Video Assistant Referee (VAR) checks starting from December, Sky Sports reports.

For instance, under the new guidelines, a message will appear on the big screens saying ‘Checking Penalty – Possible Handball’, rather than just, ‘Checking Penalty’.

The decision was agreed by the Premier League and the referees’ association, PGMOL, at Thursday’s stakeholder meeting.

Both parties stated say they are committed to improving the consistency of decisions, speeding up processes and increasing communication to fans.

Pitchside monitors will continue to be used sparingly in the Premier League.

There had been calls for on-field officials to refer to the monitors more regularly, but the league said “it would be reserved for unseen incidents, or when information from the VAR is outside the expectation range of the referee.”

The statement added “ensuring the pace and tempo of Premier League football remains an important focus for clubs.”

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