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VAR to be introduced in Scotland from next season

VAR

The VAR system will make its debut in the Scottish Premiership the next season. This decision will try to make the game fairer. Every Scottish Premiership ground will have the Video Technology installed by December.

VAR and its need.

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League spoke about the introduction of VAR. He said:

“I’m very pleased that we received the necessary 75 percent votes in the cinch Premiership. The cinch Championship, and cinch Leagues One and Two, which enable us to forge ahead with VAR technology next season.

The SPFL chose not to be an early adopter of VAR technology to allow time for teething issues to be ironed out by those leagues who adopted VAR early. I believe this was the right decision and that VAR will help referees to ensure tight decisions are more often the right ones and will support a higher standard and more consistent level of decision-making. Scottish referees are fully on-board with this innovation and have been overwhelmingly supportive of the introduction of VAR during our consultation process with our partners at the Scottish FA.”

In addition, Premiership clubs will pay £1.2 million of the annual cost of the system. Each of them will pay a small proportion of its end-of-season payments. The champion team will pay £195,000 per season, while the bottom clubs will pay approximately £67,500.

Moreover, Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA chief executive also had his say. He said:

“Throughout the consultation process, we were encouraged that the principle of VAR was supported by clubs, players, coaches, and match officials.”

Additionally, the SPFL plans to use video assistant referees in the Premier Sports Cup semi-finals and finals next year. There will be further discussions regarding its use during earlier rounds during future seasons. Lastly, Scottish Premiership is gaining a good amount of followers in past few years. And this move will surely add some more.

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