VAR change could be set to come to the Premier League

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Premier League referees have now been instructed to use pitchside monitors for red card decisions.

The way in which VAR has been utilised this season has generated plenty of controversy with many insisting that it has changed the game for the worse.

There has been a growing clamour to tweak the way the technology is being used in the English top-flight and it looks like the calls have not fallen on deaf ears.

The BBC report that The Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that manages elite referees, has issued now issued guidance to the Premier League referees to use pitchside monitors to review incidents if VAR recommends a change in a decision involving a red card.

Referees already use monitors to review their decisions in UEFA competitions but the Premier League have adopted an alternate approach so far. However, this change could signal a shift in the way the technology is being used in the country.

Such use of the technology could have seen Heung-min Son avoided a red card at Goodison Park earlier in the season when he was dismissed in the wake of Andre Gomes’ nasty injury.

Spurs Web Opinion

While the lack of consistency has been a big issue with VAR this season, I believe that the introduction of the technology has been a net positive for the game. We will progressively get better at using it through trial and error and I believe this decision is a change for the good.

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