Premier League clubs are concerned that their main concerns about the VAR will NOT be allayed after it was revealed that their responses to a survey about the technology were not sent directly to the top bosses.
- Premier League clubs were sent a survey on the VAR’s performance this season
- Their answers were forwarded to a polling station for top bosses
- They fear that a discussion about VAR will be based on a summary of the findings
Premier League clubs are concerned that their main concerns about the VAR are being overlooked after it emerged that their responses to a recent survey were not sent directly to the governing body.
Sportsmail revealed last month that the captains, managers and sports directors of the 20 clubs had been recruited after numerous problems and complaints about the technology that emerged during the current campaign.
However, some clubs were surprised to learn that their responses to the survey had initially been sent to the poll company Ipsos Mori, who collected the responses before forwarding them to the Premier League’s Business Development Team.
Premier League clubs fear their concerns about the VAR could be overlooked after a recent investigation
It is not known whether the answers were presented to the Premier League in full and in the exact way they were written, and some clubs fear that any discussion at the next shareholders’ meeting will be based on a summary of the investigation’s findings.
There are also concerns about the transparency of the process, with some clubs being skeptical about whether the review will lead to changes in the way the VAR is managed.
Clubs have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of consistency in the decision-making process, as well as the time it takes to pass judgment on the tightest decisions, such as marginal offside and contested handballs.
Clubs were asked to look at offside and penalty decisions, handballs (shown here) and red cards and answer if VAR should have intervened and if the correct decision had been made
In the survey, clubs were asked about offside and penalty decisions, handballs and red cards. Obviously, they have received a series of snippets of incidents since the introduction of VAR at the start of last season.
They were asked to watch each clip and then asked yes / no questions about whether VAR should have intervened and whether the right decision had been made. Club representatives were then invited to briefly comment on their answers.
At the end of the questionnaire, they were given the opportunity to share how they thought the system could be improved. While the power to change the laws belongs to the IFAB, after a number of difficulties this and last season, the Premier League is eager to ask for an opinion on their league.
VAR was introduced to the Premier League at the beginning of last season. The Premier League says the number of correct decisions has increased from 82 percent in 2018/19 to 94 percent last season.
The Premier League is keen to seek advice after a number of difficulties this season