VAR will not be used in the Premier League next season

VAR will not be used in the Premier League next season

- Premier League clubs have refused to adopt the VAR technology

- However the VAR will be used in the FA Cup and the League Cup

- The new technology was voted by players to be abolished in Germany

English Premier League clubs have voted against using the video assistant referee (VAR) system for next season's campaign.

The club sides have agreed that they would wait till advanced testing on the use of the video technology until the end of 2018/19.

The decision not to accept the system into the next season was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 member clubs voted.

VAR will not be used in the Premier League next season

A referee using the VAR

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A statement said the clubs "recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made" by referees chief Mike Riley and his team.

However officials have accepted the implementation of the FA Cup and League Cup matches again next campaign.

The new technology had issues this season in the FA Cup in the area of an offside decision given in Manchester United's victory against Huddersfield Town.

The on-screen lines used to adjudicate on an offside decision were curved and distorted in the process of trying to make a final validation.

In the aspect of communicating to the people inside the stadium and viewers on TV Clubs have said they want improvement.

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The International Football Association Board (Ifab) are expected to the give the VAR the go-ahead when they meets in Zurich in time for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

David Elleray, Ifab technical director and a former Premier League referee, said 40 countries were using, trialling, or interested in VAR technology in different centers.

Both Italy and Germany introduced VAR across their leagues this season, but according to a survey published in Kicker magazine in January, 47 per cent of players in the Bundesliga wants the system to be abolished.

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