Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep's 'Delighted' as VAR Takes Step Closer to Premier League

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep's 'Delighted' as VAR Takes Step Closer to Premier League

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CITY manager Pep Guardiola expects the Premier League to follow sooner or later after UEFA announced the introduction of VAR into the Champions League.

The use of technology to help referees was used in the World Cup in Russia this summer but both the Premier League and Champions League opted against it for this season.

However, incidents such as the penalty comically given when Raheem Sterling kicked the ground against Shakhtar Donetsk have highlighted the need to help referees and UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has confirmed it will be introduced to the competition earlier than expected, coming in for the knockout rounds this season.

Guardiola has long advocated the use of VAR and believes it can only help to eradicate mistakes in the game. He said: "I am delighted with it. The Premier League is the last one and sooner or later here in England it will happen. …

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