- Several Premier League matches in September will be played under the watchful eye of the VAR
- The first trials will be applied in the first games of the 5pm (EAT) games on September 15
- Premier League clubs had initially voted against the use of the technology
The contentious Video Assistant Referee is set to grace the Premier Leagie after the international break as a trial.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) who are looking to improve the quality of pivotal decisions made during Premier League matches, will apply the VAR for 15 games in the 2018/2019 season.
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According to reports from Sky, the first trials will be applied in the first games of the 5pm (EAT) games on September 15.
During the 2017/2018 season, majority of the Premier League teams voted against the use of VAR which went on to be a controversial tool in the FIFA World Cup.
The VAR ensured the latest edition of the World Cup had the most number of penalties awarded in the history of the competition.
Although VAR will be deployed for the 5 pm Premier league matches on September 15, referees will have no direct links to the VAR officials.
The technology has never been used in the premier league, although it has played a hand in the EFL cup and selected FA cup ties so far this season.
Introduction of the VAR to the Premier League is likely to divide opinions as the technology has both earned favor and criticism from fans , depending on which teams it worked against.
In the FIFA World cup final, the referee was largely blamed for Croatia’s defeat at the hands of France as a penalty was given with the game nicely balanced at 1-1 in what did not look like a clear hand ball in the box by Croat winger Ivan Perisic.
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