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Video Assistant Referee (VAR) a dangerous road for Premier League

The Premier League would be going down a "dangerous road" and television viewers could switch off if the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, was introduced next season, according to Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish.

So far English football's experiment with VAR has received mixed reviews with fans complaining they are being left in the dark as decisions are made, while the system itself has caused as much controversy as it was designed to prevent.

Parish got a close-up view of it when Palace's FA Cup third round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion in January became the first competitive club match in England to use VAR.

It has also been used in League Cup ties and was on duty in Sunday's final between Manchester City and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. This year's World Cup is also set to feature VAR.

Premier League clubs meet in April when a decision could be taken on whether to roll out VAR next season.

Parish will not be one of those voting in favour of the system, which uses officials to monitor games on video screens and flag up incidents to the on-field referee .

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), football's law-making body, which agreed a two-year worldwide trial of VAR, insist the system should only be used to correct clear 'match-changing' errors.

But Parish believes the use of VAR in the case of goals, penalties and straight red cards as well as rectifying mistaken identity will be the thin end of the wedge.

There have been several controversial incidents involving VAR this season in England.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was angry after the referee's decision not to use the VAR in his side's FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City when midfielder Willian was booked for diving rather than earning a penalty.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew described VAR as "mysterious" after his side had a goal disallowed after a four-minute decision-making process in their Cup win over Liverpool.

Last weekend Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thought Manchester City's second goal was offside and should have been overturned by VAR.








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