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The referees’ VAR check on the touchline has become a regular feature in football matches. Wolverhampton proposes to remove VAR in the Premier League from next season. Photo: Matthias Schrader, AP / NTB

Of NTB | 15.05.2024 19:19:32

Sport: The Athletic reports.

Wolverhampton have repeatedly complained about VAR decisions in the club’s disfavour. Now the club has submitted a formal proposal that video refereeing should no longer be used in the Premier League, and this leads to the 20 clubs’ representatives having to vote on the proposal at the annual meeting in Harrogate.

A Premier League spokesperson confirms to The Athletic that VAR will be a topic at the annual meeting, but points out that the league’s management is fully behind the continued use of technological aids.

At least 14 yes votes are required for the proposal to be adopted.

According to a statement from Wolverhampton, which is reproduced by The Athletic, it has been decided to propose the abolition of VAR “after careful consideration and with the utmost respect for PGMOL (the company that organizes and appoints the referees for professional matches in England) and the other clubs.

– We are not looking to blame anyone, but only want the best for football. Everyone has tried to make the use of technology a success, but after five seasons with VAR in the Premier League, the time has come for a constructive and critical debate about the future of the tool, it continues.

– It is our opinion that the price we pay for a small increase in the accuracy of decisions is contrary to the spirit of football, and therefore we should remove it from the 2024-25 season.

Data from the Premier League indicates that the accuracy of referee decisions has risen from 82 per cent to 96 per cent since VAR was introduced.

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