Premier League reveals waiting time for VAR decisions soared last season

Checks took an average of 64 seconds during 2023-24Plan to retire ‘clear and obvious’ phrase as benchmark

The Premier League has admitted to clubs that video assistant referee (VAR) delays grew by more than 50% last season as it plans to confirm a video refereeing “improvement plan” at its annual general meeting on Thursday.

The AGM in Harrogate will be a combustible and consequential event, with a vote on Wolves’ proposal to scrap VAR one of several divisive topics under discussion. The gathering also comes just days before the Premier League is set to defend a legal claim brought by its current champions, Manchester City.

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