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VAR replays to be shown in all Premier League stadiums except Anfield and Old Trafford next season

VAR replays will be shown in all Premier League stadiums from next season, with the exception of Anfield and Old Trafford.

VAR replays will be shown on big screens within Premier League grounds next season, helping to explain decisions when the system is introduced ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Liverpool’s Anfield and Manchester United’s Old Trafford are currently the only two stadiums in the division without big screens, meaning fans at both grounds will not benefit from the changes.

Video Assistant Referee, previously used at the 2018 World Cup and in this season’s Champions League knock-out stages,  intervenes on ‘clear and obvious’ errors or ‘missed incidents’ in match-defining situations such as goals or penalties.

Previously the system had caused confusion amongst spectators within the ground who were unable to see replays of VAR incidents, however, this will now be changed under the new rules.

A statement from the Premier League reads: “The Premier League has created graphics which will be displayed on giant screens to explain any VAR-related delay to a match, and any over-turned decision,” said a Premier League statement.

“Additionally, if the VAR believes there is a definitive video-clip which helps explain an over-turned decision to fans, it will be broadcast on giant screens. In addition, the Premier League is investigating the possibility of messages and video-clips being viewed on handheld devices via an app.

“For clubs which do not have giant screens in their stadium, VAR communications will be made via a combination of PA announcements and messages on scoreboards.”

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