The Premier League will consider implementing a ‘major change’ to VAR amid complaints from managers such as Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta.
VAR has been a hot topic of discussion since it was first introduced to the Premier League for the 2019/20 season.
But a series of controversial decisions in recent times, over four years since VAR was first used, has led to increased debate over how it works and how it should work in the future.
From Liverpool star Luis Diaz seeing his goal against Tottenham disallowed for offside due to referee error, to a number of controversial penalties and offside calls, many believe VAR needs to change.
One of those who thinks so is Mikel Arteta, who was angered by the referee’s decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s goal to stand in the Gunners’ narrow 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last week.
“It’s unbelievable. I feel ashamed but I have to be the one to come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute shame that this goal is allowed,” the Spanish coach said after the match.
An independent panel later ruled that VAR made the right decision to allow the goal in that case, but the Premier League is said to still be looking at ways to change the technology.
According to the Daily Mail, the league is considering appointing a new VAR operator, with the current Hawk-Eye operator set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 season.
Hawk-Eye has achieved great success in cricket, with its ball-tracking technology that shows how the ball moves through the air after it has been lifted. The technology is also used in rugby and tennis to great effect.
Hawk-Eye is responsible for the goal-line technology used in the Premier League, which, unlike VAR, has seen a consistently high success rate.