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big screenOn the day that VAR took centre stage in the Nations League semi-final between Portugal and Switzerland, the Premier League outlined how it will work when it is introduced here next season.

It’s been used once at Turf Moor previously and it was utter chaos when referee Simon Hooper awarded us a penalty in the FA Cup tie against Barnsley, put the ball on the spot and left us waiting for an age before Matej Vydra could take the spot kick. He finally blew, Vydra started his run, but he’d blown to rule it out for an apparent, anything but clear, offside leaving most people inside bemused.

However, the Premier League told its member clubs yesterday that the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will see communication via big screens for those watching the game live at the ground when there is a clear delay to a match and also when any decision is overturned.

There will be graphics on the screen and a video clip will be shown on the screens, if a definitive one is available, to help explain an overturned decision. Any clubs who don’t have such screens, such as Liverpool and Manchester United, there will be messages on scoreboards along with PA announcements.

You might also be able to see the clip on your phone with the Premier League investigating the possibility of showing them via an app although that would be difficult for our home games given the difficulty people have using their phones inside Turf Moor on a match day.

The Premier League have also confirmed that VAR will only be used for clear and obvious errors, and serious missed incidents relating to goals, penalties, straight red cards and incidents of mistaken identity.

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