Throughout the 2020/21 campaign, there were numerous controversial offside decisions made by the Video Assistant Referee, and the Premier League are now taking action
The Premier League will introduce “thicker lines” for the Video Assistant Referee’s offside decisions next season.
That’s according to The Times, who say that the new lines are being brought to light to try and prevent highly controversial marginal calls.
The thicker lines on the VAR will allow a slightly bigger margin of error to the really tight offside calls. It’s also said that the ambition is to give the attacking players the ‘benefit of the doubt’.
There were multiple instances last season where the forward was deemed offside by perhaps an armpit or a toe, with these decisions being highly scrutinised by the footballing world.
The Premier League are introducing the new ‘thicker lines’ system, which is already used in the Dutch top-flight, the Eredivisie.
One major alteration will be that the television broadcasters will no longer get to see the lines being drawn onto the screen, they will just see the end result.
This decision was made at the annual general meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was one of the many managers left furious with the VAR during the 2020/21 season. The Gunners were denied a late penalty in the 1-0 defeat to Everton in April with Nicolas Pepe deemed to be marginally offside in the build-up.
Arteta said to Sky Sports: “This has been building up. Enough is enough. Today I have had enough.
“We’ve had many of them that nobody explains. It affects a lot of people, our job and most importantly our football club.