Uefa has announced that Video assistant referees will be used in the Champions League from the 2019-20 season.
Video assistant referee “VAR” will also be used in the 2019 Super Cup, Euro 2020, Europa League 2020-21 as well as the 2021 Nations League finals. This system was first used this year in any big event and allows referees to review footage of key decisions.
President Aleksander Ceferin said Uefa was “confident” it would have time “to put in place a robust system”. He added it would also provide sufficient time to train match officials to ensure an “efficient and successful implementation of VAR” in “the world’s flagship club competition”.
At World Cup 2018 this system was highly criticized although its use was allowed to clear up incidents around the awarding of goals, penalties, red cards and in cases of mistaken identity.
Australia’s A-League was the first top-flight league to use the system in 2017, with Major League Soccer in America soon following. This season, Carabao Cup is using VAR in all fixtures held at Premier League grounds.
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