VAR will cause controversy but we won’t overuse it, says Premier League chief

Technology has split the world of football down the middle, but English referees will allegedly use it sparingly

Interim Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is confident that the introduction of VAR in the 2019-20 season will have a minimal impact on the pace of matches as large groups of fans remain sceptical of the new technology.

Video Assistant Referees have been busy across the summer, overseeing contentious decisions in the Nations League, the Africa Cup of Nations and the Women’s World Cup, while the 2018-19 Champions League round of 16 saw it make its debut in European competition.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino likened VAR to a ‘car crash’ following decisions that went against Spurs, but Masters, after two years of preparing, says that referees in the English top flight will use the technology far less than has been seen so far.

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