Liverpool Supports VAR Continuation Despite Wolves’ Push for Removal

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The Premier League’s VAR Debate Intensifies

Liverpool Football Club has voiced its support for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to remain a fixture in the Premier League, despite a move by Wolverhampton Wanderers to initiate a vote on its potential removal in the upcoming season. The call for a vote came after Wolves submitted a formal resolution to the Premier League, setting the stage for a pivotal decision at the annual general meeting on June 6th.

Clubs Divided on Technology’s Future

While Wolves stand firm in their desire to abolish VAR, they find themselves isolated as no other top-flight clubs have publicly supported their stance. Liverpool, in particular, has emerged as a staunch advocate for keeping VAR, a position that contrasts with the views of their outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp. Klopp has expressed frustration with the use of the technology, suggesting that officials are struggling to apply it effectively.

The fate of VAR could hinge on the newly-promoted clubs, with Leicester City and Ipswich Town already confirmed for the Premier League, and a third team to be decided between Leeds United and either West Brom or Southampton. A rule change requires the backing of 14 clubs, and these new entrants could prove crucial in the final tally.

VAR’s Rocky Road Since 2019

VAR has been a subject of intense scrutiny since its introduction in 2019, aimed at supporting referees in making accurate decisions and rectifying errors. However, Wolves have criticized the system for causing “unintended negative consequences” that harm the fan experience. Despite this, clubs involved in European competitions next season are likely to support VAR, citing the challenges of adjusting to different refereeing standards.

Players and League Acknowledge VAR Flaws

Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United recently made headlines with his call for VAR to either be discarded or improved after a contentious decision in a match against Manchester United. The Premier League, while recognizing the issues raised, continues to back VAR and plans to collaborate with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to enhance the system.

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