VAR to be Used in UEFA Champions League from 2019/20
After the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the use of video assistant referees (VAR) began in almost every league. It was know that it will be used in this year’s UEFA competitions too.
However, later, it got confirmed on Friday that VAR will get used in UEFA competitions from the next season.
UEFA announced earlier it won’t be used in this season
UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin has said VAR would get introduced next season from the final qualifying round onwards and also in the annual Super Cup match between the Champions League and Europa League winners. Ceferin told reporters,
“The plan for now is to use it from next season… with the first match of next season which is the Super Cup. VAR is not completely clear for now… but we also know there is no way back any more. “It is much more problematic than it looks. We really have a huge territory. The plan is to do it for next season but let’s see what happens. I don’t want to predict anything 100 per cent.”
The President is also unsure whether it can get used in the 2019 final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
“I’m not ruling it out, but for now, it doesn’t look like it will happen.”
When asked if it can get used in the World Cup and all leagues, then why not in Champions League now, the President explained,
“If I have to choose one thing, which I think is important that everybody is aware of, is that VAR is very much based on TV production because you use the TV feed. And unlike at the Fifa World Cup and all the leagues, we don’t have one TV production. We have as many as countries, which you see has a lot of complexities to it.”
However, the group stage draw of the 2018/19 Champions League has been done and dusted. The competition will begin on 18th September.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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