VAR to display new information on big screens starting this weekend

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 December 2019

Chris Basham's red card was over-turned by the VAR officials for a foul on Kenny McLean 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Basham's red card was over-turned by the VAR officials for a foul on Kenny McLean Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

VAR is set to display new information on the big screen upon a decision being reviewed starting this weekend, the Premier League have announced.

Big screens at Premier League fixtures will contain more information at this weekends fixtures. Picture: Premier LeagueBig screens at Premier League fixtures will contain more information at this weekends fixtures. Picture: Premier League

The technology was introduced into the top-flight at the beginning of this season, with City's game against Liverpool making history as it became the first Premier League fixture to adopt VAR.

However, many supporters have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of clarity and prolonged breaks reviewed decisions are having on the game, prompting City and Sheffield United supporters to chant 'it's not football anymore' in a recent game at Carrow Road.

In order to provide further clarity to supporters within stadiums, the Premier League have announced changes to the information provided through the big screens within grounds.

From this weekend, the screens will be able to provide more detail as to what the VAR is checking. This can be, for example, a possible offside before a penalty was awarded, or a possible handball for a goal by the scorer or the player who assisted.

In addition to this, replays will now show the incident on the big screens to match-going supporters so they can see the reason for the overturn.

The Premier League have said in an article: "These replays and the enhanced VAR messaging on the big screens offer attending fans levels of communication not offered by other major European leagues or in European competition at present."

The PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Board) have received criticism as to why referees haven't used the pitch-side monitors at all this season.

Despite supporters becoming increasingly frustrated with the application of VAR, there are no immediate plans for it to be revoked, with Fifa president Gianni Infantino praising the system.

"VAR is making [football] more just and clean and if we have to wait one minute or two minutes, we have a game-changing decision which is taken correctly instead of wrongly.

"Of course, VAR will improve, will develop, and will have automatised offsides because that's what technology will give us today or tomorrow," Infantino told Sky Sports News.

"Offside and handball are these two situations which we need to constantly analyse and see how we can and if we can, these are difficult topics."

City are yet to have a VAR decision in their favour, with the system overturning Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's spot-kick for encroachment and Chris Basham's red card in recent games.

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