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VAR set for Champions League introduction from next season

August 31, 2018 16:54 IST

: The giantscreen announces a VAR review during the 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia

IMAGE: VAR was used at the FIFA World Cup this year. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

UEFA plans to use video assistant referees (VARs) in the Champions League from next season but is unlikely to use the technology this term, even in the final, its president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday.

European soccer's governing body has so far resisted implementation of the VAR system, which allows key incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays and was used at the World Cup in Russia this year.

Ceferin said the intention was that VAR would be introduced next season from the final qualifying round onwards and also in the annual Supercup match between the Champions League and Europa League winners.


It would then be used in all group stage and knockout stage matches.

"The plan for now is to use it from next season... with the first match of next season which is the Supercup," he told reporters. "VAR is not completely clear for now... but we also know there is no way back any more.

"It is much more problematic than it looks. We really have a huge territory. The plan is to do it for next season but let's see what happens. I don't want to predict anything 100 percent."

On this season's final, he said: "I'm not ruling it out but for now, it doesn't look like it will happen."

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