Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Masters, has insisted that the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) is going nowhere, despite huge backlash from fans.
Masters, however, hinted that there could be change in marginal offside decisions, which has been the biggest complaint from supporters.
Football’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), are meeting in Belfast at the end of the month and will discuss whether to change and increase the margins on offside decisions to give some extra leeway.
“It’s here to stay and certainly it’s going to be with us next season.
“We are at 94 per cent key match decisions are correct now, 97 per cent of assistants decisions are correct, so it is having an impact on the outcome of games, on the league tables, which is what you wanted to happen.
“As a league we want to work really hard on ironing out those other issues,” Masters said, according to the UK Mirror.
Masters added that they are having discussions with IFAB over offsides, as it “is a sort of a technical challenge.”
“Offsides is one and whether you want offsides that are precise to the armpit or the heel, or whether you want to build in a bit of tolerance. That is sort of a technical challenge.
“We are in constant dialogue with IFAB about it and about the way the Premier League does it versus everyone else and what we can learn from other leagues.
“We wanted to make sure it came in and delivered the benefits but to minimum disruption.
“The right decision has to be made but also it has to be balanced off against the potential increase in delay. And that is not necessarily a straightforward decision.”
In January, Premier League referees were told to start using pitchside monitors, if VAR recommends changing a decision on a red card.
The PGMOL and Premier League had previously recommended monitors are only used for unseen incidents, or incidents which fall outside of a referee’s range of expectations.
However, match officials can now use the monitor when the VAR wants to either upgrade to a red card or downgrade it to a yellow.Premier League