Gold urges patience with VAR

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 15th November 2019

West Ham co-owner David Gold says that Premier League clubs need to be "a bit more patient" with regards to the introduction of VAR.

The new technology has been at the centre of much controversy since the beginning of the season when it was introduced by the English top flight.

And following a meeting between the 20 member clubs and referee's chief Mike Riley, Gold stressed that there are unlikely to be any major amendments during the 2019/20 campaign - whilst urging clubs and fans alike to give the system time to be refined.

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"There is not going to be any significant change this season," Gold said following the meeting, which saw Riley speak for almost two hours on VAR.

"There was a lot of debate but this is a brand new system, so we just have to be a bit more patient. What I can say is that VAR is alive and kicking."

A statement released by the Premier League insisted however that both the body and the PGMOL, who control match day referees were determined to iron out the various problems that VAR had experienced since August.

"The Premier League and Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) are committed to improving the consistency of decisions, speeding up processes and increasing communication to fans," it said.

West Ham have already been involved in a number of controversial decision involving VAR this season.

On the opening day of the campaign, Manchester City were denied a goal and then allowed to retake a penalty after Declan Rice was adjudged to have encroached into the penalty area.

And as recently as last weekend, United's most recent opponents - Burnley - saw a goal ruled out for offside following a review by the system.

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