April 21, 2021

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Premier League ask managers, players and clubs how to improve VAR

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The Premier League is to ask its clubs to recommend improvements to VAR after a catastrophic season, riddled with controversial decisions.

In what appears to be a significant acknowledgement that the new system is flawed, feedback will be requested from managers, directors of football and captains – with changes set to be implemented from next season, Sportsmail can reveal.

Contact was made earlier this week. Clubs have been told that the Premier League is working with refereeing body PGMOL ‘to identify and implement improvements to VAR’.

The Premier League's use of VAR will come under scrutiny with players, managers and clubs asked to recommend improvements to the controversial

The Premier League’s use of VAR will come under scrutiny with players, managers and clubs asked to recommend improvements to the controversial

The Video Assistant Referee system has been slammed after a series of contentious decisions

The Video Assistant Referee system has been slammed after a series of contentious decisions

VAR’s role in key decisions such as marginal offside, penalty-box challenges and serious foul play will be examined, although handballs will not be part of the consultation thanks to the pending summer rule change.

Clips of recent, controversial incidents will feature in a wide-ranging survey. Clubs will be asked to view footage, and give their thoughts on how the referee’s interpretation of the incident can be improved.

The survey will be sent out by the end of this week and will be open until next Friday, March 19. Early findings will be presented at the shareholders meeting on March 25.

Phil Foden was denied a clear penalty in the first half of Man City's 5-2 win over Southampton

Phil Foden was denied a clear penalty in the first half of Man City’s 5-2 win over Southampton

Pep Guardiola was furious with the decision, yet another big VAR error in the top-flight

Pep Guardiola was furious with the decision, yet another big VAR error in the top-flight

Clubs have also been offered the opportunity to hold summits with representatives from the Premier League and PGMOL ‘to discuss any wider VAR or on-field issues’.

It is understood that clubs have welcomed the opportunity to shape change. Major concerns have been raised over VAR on a number of occasions this season, with controversy commonplace. 

On Wednesday night, Manchester City were denied a clear penalty thanks to a bizarre VAR decision following a foul on Phil Foden. After the game manager Pep Guardiola described the no-call as ‘incredible’. ‘In-cred-ible,’ he added.

VAR was introduced for the 2019/20. The Premier League says it saw a rise in correct match decisions from 82 per cent in 18-19 to 94 per cent last season.

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