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The VAR has been the latest bane of contention in the Premier League, and representatives of all 20 clubs in the league met in central London on Thursday for the league’s regular meeting, and the four-hour summit was dominated by VAR as refs’ chief Mike Riley was quizzed.
The Premier League has committed to improving supporter experience with VAR, but has resisted pressure to use pitchside monitors unless an exceptional case arises.
According to ESPN, both Premier League and PGMOL, the referees’ body, committed to “improving the consistency of decisions, speeding up processes and increasing communication to fans” and said that VAR should be under constant review.
Calls for a change in policy have been rejected because “the pace and tempo of Premier League football remains an important focus for clubs.”
The Premier League has however accepted that communication for supporters inside the stadia and watching around the world is a major issue that needs to be resolved, and it plans to provide more precise information via screens inside grounds and to broadcasters to clearly state the offence that is being checked.
A statement from the Football Supporters’ Association said: “We’ve made clear to the Premier League that match-going fans have been left behind when it comes to VAR use in stadiums and it needs to be urgently addressed.
“We hope today’s announcement leads to an improvement for fans in the stadium and we’d also like better communication via PA systems and even pitchside advertising hoardings.”