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VAR 'ready to go' in Premier League

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After seeing the technology used extensively over the summer - including during the Nations League finals, the Women's World Cup and the African Cup of Nations - VAR will make its Premier League debut this season.

A thrilling Premier League season last term was marred by a number of incidents of discrimination at grounds across the country.

The Premier League is confident the use of video assistant referees (VAR) next season will bring clarity on key decisions and not affect the entertainment value of top-flight football in England.

Interim Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hopeful that the lengthy delays which have often been a feature of VAR will be kept to a minimum when it is rolled out this term.

"And so in the Premier League, you're probably going to see the referees not use the referee review area - which is that camera to the side of the pitch - as often as you might see in other competitions.

"But, hopefully - a) it will work and it will clear up those decisions and b) it won't interrupt the fast-flowing pace of the Premier League.

"You have to operate within the guidelines that the IFAB (International Football Association Board) gives you to operate VAR.
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