Enough with VAR? Report says Premier League clubs to vote on scrapping system

Top league English clubs will vote on VAR at June's annual general meeting

A VAR decision is shown on the big screens inside Tottenham Hotspur stadium A VAR decision is shown on the big screens inside Tottenham Hotspur stadium | AFP

The English Premier League may start next season sans the video assistant referee (VAR) system as clubs are set to hold a vote on a proposal to ban the system, a report said. The said voting will take place at the annual general meeting of Premier League clubs scheduled to take place in June 2024, the report added.

VAR, which got introduced to top-tier English football in 2019, has been the reason for controversies ever since. The continuous run of controversial calls by the tech-driven system over the years has led to fans and some team management alike to question even the league's integrity.

It was Wolverhampton Wanderers who formally submitted a resolution to the Premier League asking for the abolishment of VAR at the end of the ongoing campaign, The Athletic said in a report. As the next step. the 20 teams of the league will vote on the matter on June 6 when they get together for their annual meeting, the report added.

"...after five seasons of VAR in the Premier League, it is time for a constructive and critical debate on its future.

"Our position is that the price we are paying for a small increase in accuracy is at odds with the spirit of our game, and as a result we should remove it from the 2024/25 season onwards," The Athletic quoted the resolution submitted by Wolves as saying. 

The meeting will take place at North Yorkshire's Harrogate.

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