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The introduction of VAR  is facing a further delay with a vote on the innovation being put back from February until April. 

Scottish football is the biggest league in UEFA that doesn’t use the technology which was introduced at the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. 

Last summer Hampden Park was kitted out with VAR for four matches at the European Championships with goal-line technology in use at last season’s Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Hearts. 

Scottish football has been talking about VAR since January 2019, ironically Steve Clarke, then the manager of Kilmarnock was one of two Premiership managers not to attend a meeting with top referees. 

BBC Scotland’s Gossip page reports: 

The introduction of VAR in Scottish football is facing a delay with a vote over whether to bring it into the Premiership – which was due to take place in early February – now on hold until possibly April. (Times, print edition) 

There seems to be no obvious obstacle to bringing in VAR which has operated at Celtic Park and Ibrox this season for UEFA matches. 

In October clubs held a Hampden summit with Howard Webb explaining the latest technology which has evolved since being introduced to the EPL in season 2018/19.

At least once a month there appears to be ’VAR storms’ last month referee chief Crawford Allan went on Radio Scotland to discuss a goal scored by Kyogo Furuhashi against Hearts. 

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6 comments

  • Joseph Mcaleer says:

    Don’t forget this is a make or break £40 million season for the club across the city, we wouldn’t like to upset there PENALTY goal ratio, now wouldn’t we.

  • Derek says:

    We all know no introduction of var can only help a team that gets away with honest mistakes ,The North Lanarkshire Ref Association don’t want it for var wld show up there honest mistakes The SFA don’t want it for it wld show up there honest mistakes for a team they support in the IPox area

  • Scouse bhoy says:

    What will the gutless have to say on this ?

    • Larsson 7 says:

      Var if it ever gets by Lodge????? Will be run by the very referees we have now,you can’t win.
      Shower of Shite.
      My answer foreign referees.
      Watched Slippy the other night,he was probably thinking if I was back at Ibrox,I’d get a penalty!!!!!!

  • Joe says:

    VAR will be introduced to the SPFL only after the obvious hope of Celtic losing their second League title in a row; thereby Sevco gaining straight access to Europe. VAR would only get in the way of that preferred outcome.

  • Gerry Quinn says:

    We all know the reasons behind this delay they the SFA don’t want it maybe UEFA should be asking why the delay no VAR no European football just my opinion maybe it will give the SFA a kick up the arse they deserve

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