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Premier League clubs vote against using VAR next season but to continue in FA Cup and EFL Cup

Premier League clubs have voted not to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system for next season.

The clubs agreed that advanced testing on the use of the video technology will continue to the end of 2018-19.

Instead, the Premier League have announced they plan to continue running “further advanced tests” in the FA Cup and the League Cup to iron out what they call “communication problems” with the VAR procedure.

Clubs also want improvement to communication inside the stadium and for TV viewers.

The decision not to bring in the system next season was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 member clubs voted.

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

The International Football Association Board is expected to approve VAR when it meets in Zurich, in time for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

IFAB technical director and former Premier League referee David Elleray said 40 countries were using, trialling or interested in VAR technology.

Germany and Italy introduced VAR across their top leagues this season.

According to BBC Sport, in the Bundesliga, technical problems led to 47% of players wanting to abolish the system, according to a survey published in Kicker magazine in January.


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