Arse­nal boss Wenger crit­i­cizes Premier League’s VAR de­lay

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger has said the Premier League’s de­ci­sion to de­lay the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the video as­sis­tant ref­eree sys­tem (VAR) means the English top flight is be­ing left be­hind.

The 20 top-flight teams voted against in­tro­duc­ing the sys­tem for the league’s 2018-19 sea­son af­ter trial runs in the cup com­pe­ti­tions re­ceived mixed re­views.

“The Premier League has been cre­ated with peo­ple who had a pro­gres­sive mind... ,” Wenger told re­porters af­ter Arse­nal’s 2-1 league de­feat by New­cas­tle United on Sun­day. “Over­all, I be­lieve that with that de­ci­sion we are be­hind the rest of the world.

“The young gen­er­a­tion is used to (VAR) and world­wide they might move away from us be­cause they see that in other coun­tries they do it.

“Un­for­tu­nately the Premier League has again de­cided not to go for VAR and per­son­ally I be­lieve that is a very, very bad de­ci­sion,” Wenger added.

“Ev­ery big game this sea­son has been de­cided by mis­takes that could have been avoided with VAR, es­pe­cially in the Champions League with Manch­ester City and Liver­pool.”

Arse­nal host West Ham United on Sun­day.

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