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Referees to produce ’action plan’ in order to ‘improve’ VAR ahead of next season

An ‘action plan’ is set to be produced ahead of next season in a bid to ‘improve’ the use of VAR following discontent with the technology this season.

VAR was introduced into the Premier League ahead of the 2019/20 season, but almost two campaigns after its arrival, the implementation technology continues to both frustrate and divide opinion.

According to the Times, referee chiefs will create a plan to ‘change and improve’ the use of VAR with changes passed on to match officials, amid a number of controversies with its usage this season and frustration with inconsistencies in refereeing decisions.

Amongst the key points of discussion will be marginal offsides, with games enduring long periods in which players are adjudged offside by the narrowest of margins after consultation with VAR.

There is understood to be several clubs in favour of moving to the Dutch system for offsides, which allows a greater margin of error and thus results in fewer significant breaks to the game.

There has also been criticism over the inconsistency of decision-making, despite the introduction of a ruling allowing referees to consult a pitch-side monitor following incidents including penalty appeals and potential red cards.

The action plan will be constructed following a survey sent to players, managers and club officials, in which the results will be analysed before finding a way to progress and improve VAR. Fans’ views will also be taken into consideration ahead of the changes.

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