Scottish Premiership clubs have taken a massive step towards the introduction of VAR in the top-flight after talks were held yesterday but SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster warned it won’t be an “overnight process” if given the formal go-ahead.
Howard Webb, the 2010 FIFA World Cup final referee who implemented VAR in the United States and is now General Manager of the Professional Referee Organisation in Major League Soccer, gave a presentation to clubs, the SPFL and the Scottish FA yesterday and the proposals will now go to a vote of clubs.
The Scottish FA will meet the cost of training officials to use the technology with clubs expected to carry the costs on matchday so there could still be some hurdles but it looks as though Scotland will soon come into line with other major competitions around the world.
Doncaster will now look at tabling a resolution that would see VAR implemented “as soon as is practicably possibly”
“We were keen to hear the views of cinch Premiership clubs, who were overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of introducing VAR in Scottish football,” he said
“We will now continue that dialogue and working up the detail of a formal proposal, with a view to putting forward a resolution that will enable VAR to be introduced as soon as is practicably possible in the cinch Premiership.
“This will not be an overnight process, bearing in mind the lengthy training and set-up that will be required. Any such proposal would ensure that none of the costs of implementing VAR in the cinch Premiership would be borne by other SPFL clubs.”
Scottish FA chief Ian Maxwell was equally as optimistic that we would see VAR introduced soon, calling the meeting “really productive” and praising Howard Webb’s presentation to clubs, adding: “The meeting was really productive and Howard’s presentation was well-received: clubs were really engaged as he outlined the journey VAR had been on not just in the United States but in general.
“The Scottish FA remains fully supportive of its implementation for the benefit of the image and status of our domestic game, but also to provide support to our match officials on the domestic, European and international stages.”
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