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FSA respond to Premier League clubs voting to keep VAR

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) has responded to the announcement that Premier League clubs have voted to keep VAR in place for next season, following a vote passed at the latest AGM. The system has been widely criticised since it was introduced at the start of the 2019/20 campaign. In a strongly worded statement, the FSA has demanded “enormous changes” to the current system.

Wolves fail in attempt to scrap VAR

Wolves, who triggered the vote on the use of VAR, were the only club to vote in favour of scrapping the system. For a resolution to be passed at Premier League meetings, 14 of the 20 clubs must vote in favour. In response to the announcement that their motion to scrap VAR had failed, Wolves released a statement that said: “While we are disappointed with the outcome of the vote on the future of VAR at today’s Annual General Meeting, we acknowledge and accept the decision made by our fellow clubs and we are reassured that the Premier League is taking the concerns of clubs and supporters seriously.

“We welcome the commitment to improve VAR, particularly in areas that address delays, consistency, and fan experience. While we still believe that Premier League football would be superior for supporters, players, coaches and viewers without VAR, we think that these improvements are crucial for the integrity of the game and for enhancing the overall matchday experience for our supporters.

“Wolves remain committed to working closely with the Premier League and PGMOL to ensure that VAR continues to evolve and better serve the interests of football. We appreciate the efforts being made to address the issues that we have highlighted in our resolution and look forward to seeing whether the changes implemented this summer can reverse the decline in matchday experience for our fans, and respect for our officials.”

FSA respond to VAR announcement

The FSA has been particularly vocal about the rise in season ticket prices across England in recent weeks. As well as this, they have demanded that the matchday experience for Premier League fans needs to improve, particularly with regard to VAR decisions being better communicated to supporters inside the stadium.

In response to the announcement that VAR is here to stay for the 2024/25 season, chair of the FSA, Malcolm Clarke, said: “Support for VAR has collapsed since its introduction into English football – it’s clear that in its current form it has made the match a less enjoyable experience. So much so that more than two-thirds of supporters now say they are against it.

“There’s a growing feeling from fans that the increase in decision-making accuracy is not a price worth paying for the huge impact VAR has had on the match-going experience.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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