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Scotland’s best clubs will make a decision on video referees early next year

Scotland’s top clubs will make a decision on VAR early next year after offering to cover annual costs amid increased arbitration controversy in the Premiership.

  • SPFL is ready to offer Scotland’s best clubs a vote on the introduction of VAR
  • Top-level clubs will cover the costs of League One and League Two teams
  • A formal resolution is likely to be presented to clubs early in the new year.


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The SPFL is ready to offer the best clubs in Scotland a vote on the introduction of VAR before the end of February.

Next month’s meetings will provide assurances to League One and League Two clubs that the estimated annual costs of £ 60,000 each per year will be fully covered by top-tier clubs.

And with major clubs in favor of adopting the system, a formal resolution is likely to be presented to clubs early in the new year, and video technology is now on its way to being installed in the Scottish Premiership after the final. of the World Cup next year in Qatar. .

Scottish Premiership clubs are keen to continue the English Premiership by helping officials

Scottish Premiership clubs are keen to continue the English Premiership by helping officials

The move comes after the arbitration controversy marred another night of top flight drama on Wednesday.

Aberdeen coach Stephen Glass criticized the Rangers’ late penalty penalty in a 2-2 draw at Ibrox.

Meanwhile, Motherwell manager Graham Alexander was booked for protesting referee Bobby Madden’s decision to allow St Mirren’s Eamonn Brophy to recover a penalty saved by goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

Last week, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson also accused umpires of adopting ‘the old Glasgow long blink’ after Don Robertson signed Juninho Bacuna from Rangers and Hearts defender Stephen Kingsley despite that the former seemed to grasp the latter by the neck.

Both the SFA and the Scottish Senior Referees Association are in favor of assisting umpires, with the governing body prepared to bear the costs of training match umpires.

And, following a presentation to the Premiership presidents by former World Cup referee Howard Webb last month, Premiership clubs are now “broadly supportive” of the move and are expected to say yes when the matter comes up for review. vote in February.

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