VAR is back on the agenda again in Scottish football – and Hearts boss Craig Levein thinks the increased TV deal should be used to foot the bill.
From 2020, the new deal will pay 20% to clubs but the Hearts boss thinks that is where the funding should come from before it goes to teams across the country.
After countless controversial decisions, managers threw their weight behind introducing VAR at a meeting last week.
The Scottish FA are now looking at how to implement the programme – but insists clubs will have to stump up.
With TV essential for many clubs, Levein’s idea seems like a non-starter.
Many clubs in Scotland survive on meagre budgets and the increased TV revenue would be better served on facilities and players.
While there’s little doubt something needs to change with referees, there needs to be a better alternative than this.
Hearts have benefited from an anonymous cash donor in recent years and very few clubs in Scotland have that luxury.
There aren’t many mystery benefactors willing to throw cash into the likes of Hamilton or St. Mirren.
The introduction of VAR looks to be inevitable but there’s little chance of clubs backing Levein’s plan.
Perhaps Hearts’ mystery money man could ride to the rescue once again?