By Chineze Ogugua
UEFA has announced that it will begin the use of Video Assistant Referees in the Champions League from the 2019-20 season.
It will also be used in the 2019 Super Cup and at Euro 2020, as well as in the Europa League from 2020-21 and the 2021 Nations League finals.
VAR has been under tough scrutiny since its introduction and was even heavily criticized at the World Cup, where it was used to clear up incidents around the awarding of goals, penalties and red cards.
According to President Aleksander Ceferin, he said: “We’re confident that introducing VAR in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient, successful implementation of VAR in UCL, the world’s flagship club competition.”
Australia’s A-League was the first top-flight league to use the system in 2017, with Major League Soccer in America soon following.
The Carabao Cup in England has been using VAR in all fixtures while it only kick-started in the EPL just last weekend.
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