VAR: English Premier League Referees To Make More Use Of Pitchside Monitors

Premier League referee chief Mike Riley will tell club sides in a meeting later this week that referees will be encouraged to make more use of pitchside VAR monitors.

The BBC reports that Riley is due to hold a meeting with all 20 top-flight clubs in central London on Thursday where ongoing controversies over the use of VAR will be top of the agenda.

Riley will be quizzed about various VAR issues, including inconsistencies in decision-making and the time it takes for rulings to be made, which in some instances have been several minutes after goals are scored.

While acknowledging that solutions to the issues thrown up by the use of VAR in the Premier League this season are not straightforward, Riley is expected to tell clubs that on-field referees will make more use of monitors the BBC says.

It is the more common procedure in other leagues where VAR is in use and it was thought that a similar process would be employed in the Premier League after they adopted the technology this season but Riley advised referees not to use them in order to prevent additional delays.

But with the bewildering decisions emanating from the VAR this season, it is now felt the on-field referee is best placed to make marginal calls because they are more aware of the flow of the game and the atmosphere at the time the BBC reports.