Premier League To Discuss VAR On Thursday

Discussions on Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be high on the agenda at Thursday’s meeting of Premier League shareholders and could lead to a vote on whether to introduce it next season.

The league will update its clubs on the latest VAR testing – just days after controversy in the games between Southampton and Watford, and Fulham and Liverpool.

Southampton’s Charlie Austin ranted about the decision to disallow his and what would have been Saints’ second goal and possible winner in the 1-1 draw at St Mary’s, branding the decision a “joke” and demanding VAR be introduced.

Southampton’s manager Mark Hughes also said English football was stuck in the “dark ages”.

His Fulham’s counter Slavisa Jokanovic also criticized the decision to disallow what would have been an Aleksandar Mitrovic opener at Anfield for offside, seconds before Mo Salah gave Liverpool the lead at the opposite end.

The Premier League clubs voted against VAR’s introduction this season at a meeting back in April, before it was used to great success at the World Cup in Russia – and it is already in use in Europe’s other top-four leagues of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Premier League shareholders will next meet again in February 2019 after Thursday’s talks.