Discussions between Premier League referees & VAR officials to be ‘made public’

The conversations between Premier League referees and VAR officials are set to be "made public" as part of a new plan.

In an aim to increase the transparency regarding refereeing decisions, recordings of the conversations are set to be made available to the public after matches. The plan is said to have broad support, according to league chief executive Richard Masters, but will only cover the post-match release of the recordings.

Football's lawmakers currently do not allow the discussions between referees and VAR officials to be broadcast live during matches like they are in other sports, including rugby and cricket.

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Masters has explained, via The Times: “There is a general view that [releasing the audio] is a good thing. There is a desire to be more open with fans about referees’ decision-making and how we do that precisely we need to work out.”

The practice is already carried out in the USA by Major League Soccer, where former Premier League official Howard Webb is the head of refereeing.

Webb is set to return to England and take up a role as the Premier League's new referees' chief. In the MLS, the reviews of decisions are released after matches, with the audio posted to YouTube.

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Much of the criticism aimed at referees and officials since the introduction of VAR in the Premier League has been that fans are unaware what is being discussed when reviewing decisions. The 2022/23 will represent the fourth season that VAR has been used in the top flight in England.

Masters has also confirmed that the league are continuing their investigation into champions Manchester City over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations. The investigation was first launched three years ago.

Meanwhile, club captains are set to meet with their players this week to decide if they will continue to take the knee before matches when the new season begins this weekend.


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