Premier League Boss Richard Masters Vows To Improve VAR Next Season

Recently, a research firm YouGov based on a survey said more than two-thirds of Premier League fans that were questioned said VAR made the Premier League test-less compared to what the system use to be.

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VAR has proved hugely unpopular among Premier League supporters

Premier League executive head Richard Masters has acknowledged that his team needs to work on improving VAR following a controversial season as a result of inaccurate results from the technology.

Recently, a research firm YouGov based on a survey said more than two-thirds of Premier League fans that were questioned said VAR made the Premier League test-less compared to what the system use to be.

Both Players, managers and fans have all expressed dissatisfaction over the manner and how the technology is used, which points to lengthy review delays and inaccurate results causing widespread frustration to both fans and players.

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Richard Masters, who started his permanent role with the Premier League in December, confirmed to BBC Sport that VAR would definitely remain in the game, but he looks to improve the system.

“I don’t think VAR has been damaging but I accept it needs improvement. Scrapping it is not an option, what we have to do is try and make VAR better,” Masters said.

VAR was brought to the Premier League to assist decide on goals, penalties, red cards and offside that weren’t too clear for referees.

Richard Masters, however, assured that the Premier League will be discussing changes to VAR with the clubs in April this year.

“We are going to have a debate about what sort of VAR they would like next season and what improvements can be made to the system,” he said.

“It’s going to be a work in progress this season and next as we try to rebalance it so you get the positives of better decision-making and fewer of the perceived negatives about the delay and sometimes confusion.”

Meanwhile, in his first major media interviews, Masters said he does not believe homegrown player quotas will improve the fortunes of the England team.

The balance between homegrown and overseas players in a 25-man Premier League squad is back in the spotlight following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, which will affect the way clubs do their international transfer business once the transition period ends at the end of the year.

Different system

The Football Association has previously stated in November 2018 that it favoured cutting the number of overseas players per squad from 17 to 13 with a view to boosting the chances of young English talent.

FA representatives are due to present to Premier League clubs at the league’s shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, and Masters says the conversation will be taken forward from there.

“We have to come up with a different system,” he said.

“The FA, the EFL and the Premier League all agree that (system) shouldn’t impact on the competitiveness of the Premier League, that concept of the best versus the best. Clubs should still be able to acquire the best talent and support a cohort of homegrown players coming through the system. We don’t necessarily believe quotas are the answer.”

Speaking about the relationship between Premier League clubs and betting companies, following criticism of the Football Association for allowing FA Cup matches to be streamed on betting websites Masters said,

“The government deregulated gambling, in 2005, and I think it’s probably about time to have another look at it, the government are going to do that, we’ll be welcome participants in that,” he said.

“Our clubs have always abided by rules and regulations in relation to it, I think this area does need stronger governance, particularly to protect the vulnerable.

“I don’t think the answer coming out at the end of it should be that football clubs shouldn’t have shirts sponsored by gambling companies any more, but we will certainly co-operate with the review.”

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