Webb backs VAR to improve Premier League

Webb backs VAR to improve Premier League

London - VAR will make its Premier League debut this season



By Reuters

Published: Fri 9 Aug 2019, 11:33 PM

Last updated: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 1:35 AM

Howard Webb has more experience than most of officiating top flight football matches and his stint in North America's Major League Soccer has convinced him that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will only improve the English Premier League.
VAR will make its Premier League debut this season.
"The Premier League is not broken, it is a highly competitive league that is refereed well, but because of the speed of it, referees will make mistakes and VAR is there to help," the former Premier League referee said. 
"There were 1,299 goals in MLS last season, and only four were allowed to stand that should have been cancelled. All of these were checked and in only four did the VAR not do their job properly and missed an offside or a handball. Four.
"Niney eight percent of MLS goals stood last season. Almost all of those goals were checked without having to delay the restart. People just remember the ones that were ruled out.
"We are saying to the fans and the teams celebrate. There is a very high chance that the goal is going to be allowed to stand." 
 


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