The Premier League’s Video Assistant Referees have made six incorrect tackles this season – and have also missed six more incidents in which they should have been involved.
An independent five-person panel was introduced this season to conduct a weekly Key Match Incident (KMI) review of all first-class matches.
BBC Sport understands that the panel has gone through hundreds of incidents and has identified 48 situations in which the VAR needed to be involved, with 42 making correct decisions.
However, it found that six incidents were missed entirely and on six other occasions VAR overturned field decisions that were initially correct.
It is not known what the individual decisions will be, but the Premier League’s newly appointed head of refereeing, Howard Webb, is determined to improve the standards.
Given his time in Major League Soccer (MLS), where VAR is used, since 2017, it’s no surprise that Webb, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final, is an advocate of the system.
However, he is aware that its implementation in the English game has not gone smoothly.
It is understood that new VAR coach Phil Bentham, whose background is in rugby league, has now been appointed and Webb intends to visit all and some of the Football League’s top flight clubs early in the new year to discuss management within the game as a whole.
The Premier League wants to be part of a temporary trial for concussion residents
The use of concussion replacements remains a controversial topic in the Premier League.
The Professional Footballers’ Association renewed its call for temporary replacements to be allowed at the end of October Aston Villa goalkeeper Amy Martinez remained on the field After being hit in the head against Newcastle but was substituted minutes later.
Premier League doctors feel the use of temporary substitutes will bring positive benefits, along with Ligue 1 and MLS North America. The league has written to the game’s rule-setting body, Ifab, through the World Leagues Forum, to say they are ready to be part of the season’s experience. next.
Don’t expect a response until March and realize the request may be denied because there has been no change in Ifab’s belief, backed by at least one major European league, that temporary substitutions can cause more problems by rushing into a concussion assessment.
IFAP remains of the view that any player suspected of having a concussion should be replaced entirely.
Cunha could play for Wolves on January 4
BBC Sport understands that the Premier League has decided to treat January 1 and January 2, which fall on Saturday and Sunday, as working days for player registration purposes.
This means clubs signing players can sign them up once the January transfer window opens, in time for Matchday 19, which begins with Liverpool’s trip to Brentford on January 2.
For wolves, it’s about as important as it lets go Mathews Cunha To participate in the Midlands derby at Aston Villa on January 4, provided the Brazilian’s transfer from Atletico Madrid is completed on time.
It was also discovered that the average length of Premier League matches has increased by 38 seconds this season as referees have become more proactive in dealing with time wasters.
However, while this initiative will continue, league officials do not expect matches to stretch to the same levels as some matches did at the World Cup in Qatar, when matches lasting more than 100 minutes became the norm.
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