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Premier League: Majority of clubs in favour of keeping VAR

The majority of Premier League clubs are in favour of keeping VAR despite concerns with how the technology is used.

Premier League clubs are expected to vote on whether to continue with VAR after Wolves submitted a resolution to the league’s authorities, calling for the technology to be removed ahead of the 2023-24.


The vote will take place on June 6 and needs a two-thirds majority to pass, which appears unlikely at this stage with a majority still in favour of VAR.

The overriding feeling among clubs is that VAR is still more of a help than a hindrance, though there is consensus that its application must be improved and there must be better communication on decisions to supporters.

In their proposal, Wolves argued that VAR had damaged the experience of Premier League games, citing the impact on the ‘spontaneous passion’ of goal celebrations, frustration at delays due to lengthy checks, and ‘overreach from VAR’s initial purpose to overturn clear and obvious errors’ among their key reasons for its removal.

There were also concerns expressed that VAR diminished the authority of on-field referees, continues to make errors despite excessive replays of incidents, and the ‘constant discourse’ surrounding VAR that dominates narratives over the game itself.


However, Sky Sports have said most clubs feel the removal of VAR entirely is excessive, and will push for improvements rather than an abolishment.

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