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The Simple Reason Why Liverpool And Man United Won't Show VAR Replays Next Season

The Simple Reason Why Liverpool And Man United Won't Show VAR Replays Next Season

VAR is coming to the Premier League next season with clips set to be shown in the stadiums of all but two of the league's clubs.

The Video Assistant Referee system has been rolled out in more and more tournaments across the globe after being introduced to the general public at last year's World Cup.

The response to the new system has been mixed but the Premier League are looking to combat the criticisms that VAR leaves match-going fans in the dark over decisions by giving clubs the power to show "definitive" replays of the incidents in question, as well as using graphics to explain the VAR's decision.

But these services will not be available at two of the most recognisable stadiums in England, as Anfield and Old Trafford both lack the big screens on which to display these messages.

Instead, fans attending Manchester United and Liverpool home games will have to rely on the stadium announcer and messages on the scoreboard for an explanation of any overturned decision.

But the Premier League say they are looking for a solution to this problem and confirmed they are exploring the possibility of providing replays to fans via an app on their smartphones.

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In a statement released on Wednesday, the Premier League said: "The Premier League has created graphics which will be displayed on giant screens to explain any VAR-related delay to a match, and any over-turned decision.

"Additionally, if the VAR believes there is a definitive video-clip which helps explain an over-turned decision to fans, it will be broadcast on giant screens. In addition, the Premier League is investigating the possibility of messages and video-clips being viewed on handheld devices via an app.

"For clubs which do not have giant screens in their stadium, VAR communications will be made via a combination of PA announcements and messages on scoreboards."

The VAR system will only be able to overturn a decision in the case of a "clear and obvious error" or "serious missed incidents" in relation to goals, penalties, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

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