Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UEFA Chief Rules out VAR in Champions League

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UEFA Chief Rules out VAR in Champions League

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THE Champions League will not feature VAR next season despite City's upset in their quarter-final defeat to Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's side thought they had clawed back a second goal at the Etihad when Leroy Sane poked the ball home, only for the refereeing team to incorrectly rule it offside even thought it was opposition player James Milner that had played it into the German's path.

That decision would have been overturned had video assistant referees been used, and they will be in place for the World Cup this summer.

However, it is not wholly popular across football with the decision to call the Mainz and Freiburg players back from the dressing room after a penalty was spotted at half-time the latest high-profile controversy.

The Premier League have decided not to introduce it next season even though City were happy with the idea, and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is not ready to introduce VAR into the Champions League until at least the 2019/20 season. …

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