Premier League could ‘scrap’ current VAR system in huge change for fans

Premier League supporters could get their wish with the current VAR system on the verge of being dumped – but it'll then be replaced by something almost identical.

Hawk-Eye have been in charge of goal-line technology since 2013 and had their contract with the league extended before the 2019/20 season got underway which coincided with the arrival of VAR.

The contract is set to expire after the 2024/25 season and a new report says that competitors could secure the Premier League deal with Hawk-Eye more suited to use in tennis and cricket which helped the brand become globally famous.

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As reported by the Daily Mail, there is said to be an 'acceptance' that the application of the system has proved to be challenging.

Rival data companies and technology providers are said to be planning pitches of their own for when the current contract expires. As well as long delays in the decision-making process, the system has been used incorrectly at times by officials including in the placing of offside lines.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou hinted that he wanted away with the system following five disallowed goals in their 4-1 defeat against Chelsea.

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The Aussie sees the system as an erosion of the authority of referees who are joined by a colleague sat behind a screen at Stockley Park.

He said: "Decisions are decisions: you either accept it or you don't. If we are going to go out and complain about bad decisions every week what will happen is what happened today: a forensic study of every decision. That's the way the game is going. I don't like it."

Football pundits and former players have been split on VAR, with many wanting to keep the system but not in it's current format.

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Gary Lineker said on The Rest Is Football podcast: "I honestly think that most fans, particularly those that go to the stand, would absolutely say 'let's ban it'.

"I still think it can be a good thing. Sometimes I get very frustrated by it and think 'how can you make such mistakes'."

Micah Richards added: "I would scrap it. Goal-line technology I would obviously keep, but VAR has just become a nonsense. We discussed the offsides, you could have the semi-automated ones if you really wanted to. Scrap VAR, scrap it."

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