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Premier League clubs to vote on proposal to scrap VAR

Premier League clubs will vote on a proposal to abolish the video assistant referee (VAR) system from next season, according to The Athletic.

Clubs will vote at their annual general meeting next month, and the proposition needs support from 14 of 20 members to pass.

Introduced in 2019 to improve on-field decision-making, VAR has become a relentless source of controversy. 

This season has been marred by a string of contentious calls that have left fans and teams fuming.

Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur and Anthony Gordon’s controversial winner awarded to Newcastle United against Arsenal are among several VAR gaffes this term.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are fed up with the system’s shortcomings and have formally demanded VAR’s removal for next season.

They argue that the small increase in accuracy comes at a hefty cost, damaging the spirit of the game and eroding fan passion.

The Premier League acknowledged their concerns but remains committed to VAR, promising continued improvements.

However, Wolves paint a stark picture of a system backfiring spectacularly. 

They listed at least nine reasons for wanting to scrap VAR, including stifled celebrations, fan frustration, lingering errors, slowed-down matches and more.

Other clubs, such as Nottingham Forest, have also vented their frustrations, issuing letters of complaint and threats of legal action. 

The appointment of specific VAR officials is also under scrutiny, with Forest questioning the selection of Stuart Attwell following their defeat at Everton.

The meeting on June 6 will be a watershed moment for the Premier League.

VAR has been a mainstay since it was first implemented five years ago, and a decision to scrap it could have massive repercussions.

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