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Scottish Premiership to use VAR from next season

London (AFP) – Scottish Premiership clubs on Tuesday voted to use VAR technology from next season.

VAR will be installed at all 12 Premiership stadiums over the coming months and is expected to be available to assist referees by December.

The Scottish Professional Football League are also set to use VAR in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals and final in January and February 2023.

“I’m very pleased that we received the necessary 75 per cent votes in the  Premiership, the Championship, and Leagues One and Two, which enable us to forge ahead with VAR technology next season,” SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said.

The estimated £1.2 million ($1.5 million) annual cost of the system will be met by the Premiership clubs, with each paying a proportion of their end-of-season payments.

“The SPFL chose not to be an early adopter of VAR technology to allow time for teething issues to be ironed out by those leagues who adopted VAR early,” Doncaster said.

“I believe this was the right decision and that VAR will help referees to ensure tight decisions are more often the right ones and will support a higher standard and more consistent level of decision-making.”

The SPFL will use the Hawkeye Innovations System, which is used in the English Premier League.

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