PGMOL and Premier League agree to VAR changes and will offer more information to fans in games

VAR is shown on a TV screen pitchside during a game between Liverpool and Manchester City
VAR has caused controversy throughout the season (Picture: Getty)

The Premier League have announced more information will be given to fans on big screens when VAR is making a decision.

A meeting between Professional Game Match Officials Limited chief Mike Riley and the clubs lasted three hours on Thursday, but it was decided there would be no wholesale changes to how VAR is used.

Instead, the PGMOL will focus on improving communication with fans during matches, speeding up decisions and producing more consistency in decision-making.

The season has already been dominated by contentious refereeing decisions and the calls made, or not made, by VAR officials.

Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold speak to referee Michael Oliver during a game
Referees are under pressure to be more consistent in their decision-making (Picture: Getty)

Riley answered questions from club bosses and faced criticism at a stakeholders meeting, but managed to quell concerns about VAR.

Before the meeting, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Brighton wrote to the PGMOL explaining their concerns.

However, there was no appetite to make big changes so soon into a season, as West Ham chairman David Gold explained.

‘There’s not going to be any significant change,’ said Gold. ‘There is going to be an investigation.

‘What I can say is that VAR is alive and kicking. There was a lot of debate. We are making good progress.

‘This is a brand new system. We just have to be a bit more patient. We will get it right.’

The news comes in the wake of another controversial weekend of football.

City lodged an official complaint after they were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola was furious to be denied two penalties after two handballs from Trent Alexander-Arnold and City’s complaint stated they were unhappy with how referee Michael Oliver oversaw proceedings.

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