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VAR In Focus At Turf Moor

Premier League clubs agree on in-stadium communication for fans

10 June 2019

VAR is coming to Turf Moor with information on refereeing decisions set to be displayed to supporters inside the ground via the big screen.

The Premier League is to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) from the start of the 2019/20 season.

And clubs have agreed on the way the system will be used to keep fans informed.

In-stadium communication will come into play when there is a clear delay to a match because of VAR, and when refereeing decisions are over-turned due to the intervention of VAR.

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Graphics will be displayed on screens to explain when such instances are occurring or have taken place.

And if the VAR believes there is a definitive video-clip which helps explain an over-turned decision to fans, it will also be screened.

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.

In Premier League matches, VAR will only intervene on “clear and obvious errors” or “serious missed incidents” relating to goals, penalties, straight red cards and incidents of mistaken identity.

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