UEFA announce change to VAR for Chelsea’s Champions League game against Sevilla

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According to Daily Mirror, UEFA have announced a change to the VAR system for Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Sevilla on Wednesday.

The report claims Wednesday’s Champions League game against Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán will be the first to test a new remote system.

Since the introduction of VAR, the majority of domestic leagues across Europe have been operating the system from remote centres, away from the stadiums – as happens in the Premier League and UEFA is now set to follow suit.

UEFA initially used on-site VAR but has announced it has successfully tested and approved a remote technical solution based at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The new VAR system will be first used officially for Chelsea’s game against Sevilla later today, with Portuguese referee Artur Dias assisted from Nyon by his compatriots, VAR Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins and assistant VAR Luís Miguel Branco Godinho.

A back-up VAR system will also be in operation at the stadium, manned by substitute VARs Paolo Valeri and Ciro Carbone, both from Italy, who can be called upon in case of any connectivity issues.

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