Premier League could see NO VAR and five substitutes on return amid coronavirus pandemic



Posted Thursday, April 02, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Premier League could see NO VAR and five substitutes on return amid coronavirus pandemic
The Premier League could see no VAR on its return (Image: GETTY)

The Premier League could come back in a very different form to ensure the end of the season after the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League will consider a number of new rules when they discuss football restarting and when it should return amid the coronavirus pandemic.

VAR could be one of the things changing with the technology potentially being put on hold for the remainder of the campaign, according to the Mirror.

And with games set to be crammed into such a short space of time, clubs could also push to be allowed to use five substitutes in matches.

All games are likely to be played behind closed doors with the Premier League hoping to get the top flight completed in June and July.

That will mean players, staff and emergency services all needing to be in quarantine together.

A VAR team consists of at least three people including one referee at the Stockley Park base which could cause another problem regarding social distancing.

On five substitutes, clubs feel like it would be a necessity with players likely to get fatigued after an unforeseen rest in the middle of the season.

Currently, Premier League teams name seven stars on their bench and are allowed to use three.

Managers, club officials and medical staff believe it would avoid injuries and muscle strains to key players.

The EFL, Premier League, PFA and LMA released a joint statement on Wednesday regarding a meeting they had.

It read: “Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL and LMA met today and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation - including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019/20 season. “

The Premier League are set to meet again on Friday with player welfare amid the talks high on the agenda.

Meanwhile, UEFA have indefinitely delayed the rest of the Champions League and Europa League due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Liverpool will hope to complete the Premier League season as they are on the brink of winning their first title since 1990.



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