PL clubs set to vote on key policy change that could have massive implications for United - Ornstein

Premier League clubs are reportedly set to hold a vote on a proposal to entirely abolish video assistant referee (VAR) starting from next season.

When VAR was implemented in the Premier League in 2019/20, there was a lot of optimism that it would successfully help refine the game and help match officials make the most accurate refereeing decisions possible.

This objective has been achieved to some extent but the technology has also sparked controversy, with weekly debates around the howlers it has facilitated now a regular occurrence.

United have not been spared and have also fallen victim to multiple wrong VAR calls this season. Last year in August, United were denied what seemed like a clear penalty even after VAR reviews showed that a shot from Alejandro Garnacho was blatantly handled by Cuti Romero inside the box.

Back in September, United were not awarded yet another penalty when it looked like Arsenal defender Gabriel had intentionally and cynically brought down Rasmus Hojlund inside the danger area.

These are just two of the many typical instances in which Red Devils fans have been left feeling like VAR has robbed them and placed them at a massive disadvantage during games.

Even more troubling are the inconsistencies, as it seems decisions made in one game are not upheld in another. The result of this has been a lot of frustrations across the board and it seems that one club in particular has had enough of it.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Wolverhampton Wanderers have submitted a resolution to the Premier League, effectively calling for VAR to be scrapped this summer.

This move by Wolves has triggered a vote when representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs meet for their annual summit in Harrogate on June 6.

Wolves’ statement read, “There is no blame to be placed — we are all just looking for the best possible outcome for football — and all stakeholders have been working hard to try and make the introduction of additional technology a success.”

“However, after five seasons of VAR in the Premier League, it is time for a constructive and critical debate on its future. Our position is that the price we are paying for a small increase in accuracy is at odds with the spirit of our game, and as a result we should remove it from the 2024/25 season onwards.”

A Premier League spokesperson responded, “The Premier League can confirm it will facilitate a discussion on VAR with our clubs at the annual general meeting next month. Clubs are entitled to put forward proposals at shareholders’ meetings and we acknowledge the concerns and issues around the use of VAR.”

“However, the league fully supports the use of VAR and remains committed, alongside PGMOL, to make continued improvements to the system for the benefit of the game and fans.”

It’s important to note that a two-thirds majority (the equivalent of 14 clubs) is needed for any Premier League rule to be amended.

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