Premier League might scrap VAR from subsequent season as membership forces vote to abolish

Premier League clubs are set to vote over whether to scrap VAR next season, it has been revealed.

VAR has been used since 2019 to help improve decision making but has been subject to much scrutiny by fans, players and clubs.

The vote comes after Wolves submitted a formal resolution, meaning representatives of the 20 clubs will be allowed to make a decision at a meeting in Harrogate on June 6.

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As reported by the Athletic, a Wolves statement said: “There is no blame to be placed — we are all just looking for the best possible outcome for football — and all stakeholders have been working hard to try and make the introduction of additional technology a success.

VAR checks and disallows a goal by Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa
Premier League teams will vote on scrapping VAR

“However, 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.”

A Premier League spokesperson said: “The Premier League can confirm it will facilitate a discussion on VAR with our clubs at the annual general meeting next month.

“Clubs are entitled to put forward proposals at shareholders’ meetings and we acknowledge the concerns and issues around the use of VAR.

“However, the league fully supports the use of VAR and remains committed, alongside PGMOL, to make continued improvements to the system for the benefit of the game and fans.”