Major Premier League change suggested by Wolves as Aston Villa and Man United faced with decision

Wolves have been on the wrong end of several poor VAR calls this season. (Image: Getty Images)Wolves have been on the wrong end of several poor VAR calls this season. (Image: Getty Images)
Wolves have been on the wrong end of several poor VAR calls this season. (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images
The make up of English football could change after Wolves made their opinion known.

Premier League clubs will have a vote as to whether to scrap VAR (video assistant referee) from next season.

The Athletic report that a resolution was formally submitted by Wolves to abolish the system. Clubs will now meet on Thursday, June 6 to discuss the motion. It will require two-thirds of the majority which is 14 out of 20 clubs to pass. 

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A statement given by Wolves said: “There is no blame to be placed — we are all just looking for the best possible outcome for football — and all stakeholders have been working hard to try and make the introduction of additional technology a success.

“However, after five seasons of VAR in the Premier League, it is time for a constructive and critical debate on its future.

“Our position is that the price we are paying for a small increase in accuracy is at odds with the spirit of our game, and as a result, we should remove it from the 2024/25 season onwards.”

The Premier League and the Scottish Premiership are the only two leagues in Great Britain which have VAR in use. The FA Cup uses VAR but that isn’t used by non-Premier League teams and only fully comes into effect in the latter stages of the competition. 

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VAR has been in use in the Premier League for five seasons. Several times this season, Wolves have found themselves at the heart of VAR controversy. A late equaliser against West Ham from Max Kilman in April was disallowed because of a controversial call with Tawanda Chirewa adjudged to have been in the way of Lukasz Fabianski's line of vision. 

A Premier League spokesperson said: “The Premier League can confirm it will facilitate a discussion on VAR with our clubs at the annual general meeting next month.

“Clubs are entitled to put forward proposals at shareholders’ meetings and we acknowledge the concerns and issues around the use of VAR.

“However, the league fully supports the use of VAR and remains committed, alongside PGMOL, to make continued improvements to the system for the benefit of the game and fans.”

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