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Ref chief Riley says Premier League managers are ‘really positive’ about VAR

Mike Riley says Premier League managers are ‘really positive’ about Video Assistant Referees, as the technology is ready to be introduced ahead of the new campaign.

The 2019/20 season will see VAR introduced into English football’s top fight for the first time, having previously been successfully used in other leading European leagues.

Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, says the Premier League‘s manager’s are feeling ‘positive’ about the changes.

“(The managers are) really, really positive,”  Riley told Sky Sports.

“I think we all know that this season is going to be a journey that we’re all going on. We need to make sure that we constantly keep in touch so that we’re calibrating where we have the ‘clear and obvious’ bar and where we set the attacking phase of play.

“Those discussions have been ongoing throughout the season and we’re all going into it in a really positive frame of mind.”

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