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Premier League make VAR decision that will impact Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham

The Premier League has written to its clubs to decipher a plan on how to improve VAR.

The technology has suffered widespread criticism in its second full season in operation across England’s top tier.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden was central to the latest controversy as he was clearly upended by Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, yet VAR didn’t order on-field official John Moss to review the decision and a penalty was not awarded.

Stuart Attwell was central to a media storm too in recent weeks after he opted not to give a penalty to Manchester United against Chelsea, with Luke Shaw’s claims shining a light on the confusion around refereeing decisions, though the Englishman has since retracted his comments.

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As a result, football.london understands that Premier League chiefs have written to managers, directors of football and club captains to send in their recommendations to improve the system and current interpretations on key decisions.

Any changes could be implemented for the start of the 2020/21 season, with those emailed answering a survey that will be sent out by the end of this week and will be open until next Friday, March 19.

Clubs have been told that the Premier League is working with refereeing body PGMOL ‘to identify and implement improvements to VAR’.

In a wide-ranging survey, clubs will be asked to vote on how to improve the system based on recent controversial incidents, to give their thoughts on how referees should handle certain scenarios with the aid of VAR.

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