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Premier League clubs put Video Assistant Referees (VAR) back on the agenda

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Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be high on the agenda at Thursday’s meeting of Premier League shareholders and could lead to a vote on whether to introduce it next season, Sky Sports News understands.

The league will update its clubs on the latest VAR testing – just days after controversy in the games between Southampton and Watford, and Fulham and Liverpool.

Saints’ Charlie Austin raged at the decision to disallow what would have been his side’s second goal and possible winner in the 1-1 draw at St Mary’s, branding the decision a “joke” and demanding VAR be introduced.

His manager Mark Hughes then said English football was stuck in the “dark ages”.

Slavisa Jokanovic also criticised the decision to chalk off what would have been an Aleksandar Mitrovic opener at Anfield for offside, seconds before Mo Salah gave Liverpool the lead at the opposite end.

The Premier League clubs voted against VAR’s introduction this season at a meeting back in April, before it was used to great success at the World Cup in Russia – and it is already in use in Europe’s other top-four leagues of France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Premier League shareholders will next meet again in February following Thursday’s talks.

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