Prem did not choose VAR for the Qatar World Cup


The Premier League is the only major league in Europe without a single official selected to act as a video assistant referee (VAR) at the World Cup in Qatar this year.

PGMOL, the body that referees abroad in the Premier League, has come under heavy criticism for the way it has implemented VAR over the past three seasons. And now FIFA, which controls the VAR protocol globally, has sent a clear message by snubbing the league for its flagship tournament.

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FIFA named Stuart Attwell to its long list last year, but he was eliminated when the final list of 24 video match officials was revealed on Thursday. Attwell and Chris Kavanagh represented the Premier League at Euro 2020 after being chosen by UEFA.

Spain’s La Liga has three appointed VAR officials, along with two from Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1. VARs from the Netherlands and Poland complete the 11 European officials selected by world football’s governing body.

The Premier League have had success in the middle of the park, however, as the only European league to have appointed two male referees. Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor will travel to Qatar, accompanied by a team of four assistant referees to work alongside them.

Meanwhile, female referees will take charge of men’s World Cup matches for the first time, with three included alongside Oliver and Taylor on FIFA’s list of 36 main officials. French referee Stéphanie Frappart, Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita will travel to Qatar.


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