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Interim Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has explained how VAR system will be worked during Premier League matches in 2019/20 season.
Video Assistant Referee will be introduced in EPL for the first time. It has been tested during cup matches last season.
“I have no doubt it will create some controversy because it is about the big decisions but we are prepared for that,” Masters said.
“We have spent two years working up to this point, and we were committed to doing it in our heads for two years.
“We have been training and testing and making sure when it happens, particularly on Saturday afternoons when we have got multiple matches going on, that we have a number of VARs trained
“We feel that is done and we are ready to launch it.” he added.
Premier League will become 5th from European Top – 5 leagues that will eventually introduce VAR. UEFA used the system during Champions League play-off matches last season, and Liverpool have been awarded a penalty in the final match against Tottenham after VAR check.
Despite the reliability of the system, there are some controversies and Masters has also give his comments on those situations.
“And so in the Premier League, you’re probably going to see the referees not use the referee review area – which is that camera to the side of the pitch – as often as you might see in other competitions,” he continued.
“You have to operate within the guidelines that the IFAB (International Football Association Board) gives you to operate VAR.
“But, hopefully – a) it will work and it will clear up those decisions and b) it won’t interrupt the fast-flowing pace of the Premier League. Those are basically our two objectives.” Masters concluded.