Conversations between referees and VARs set to be revealed
REVEALED: Conversations between Premier League referees and VARs will be publicly aired for the first time… with Howard Webb to talk through the audio on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football in a bid to reduce confusion surrounding controversial calls
- As revealed by Mail Sport, fans are now set to get a glimpse behind the curtain
- Webb will appear on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football to explain decisions
- The PGMOL are keen to reduce confusion surrounding controversial calls
Conversations between Premier League referees and VARs will be revealed for the first time this Monday with PGMOL chief Howard Webb to talk through the audio, it has been confirmed.
As revealed by Mail Sport last week, fans are set to get a glimpse behind the curtain.
Webb will appear on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football alongside Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher to explain a selection of major decisions from the 2022-23 season.
The PGMOL are keen to reduce confusion surrounding controversial calls and if this one-off pilot is regarded as a success, there is the potential to release audio more regularly next season.
Football’s lawmakers IFAB have told Mail Sport they would have no problem with audio recordings being made public, so long as they are published after games and not broadcast live.
PGMOL chief Howard Webb to talk through audio of conversations between referees and VARs
Webb will appear on Monday Night Football alongside Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher
Referee Simon Hooper checks the VAR monitor before awarding a penalty to Fulham in 2020
Sky’s Monday Night Football programme will start at 6.30pm to allow for the usual pre-match build-up to Leicester versus Liverpool before the VAR discussion involving Webb.
On the same evening, a half-hour pilot show called ‘Match Officials: Mic’d Up’ will air.
Selected incidents from across the 2022-23 season will feature to educate supporters on how and why different decisions are reached by referees and VARs.
It is by coincidence that Webb will appear before a game involving Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp has had recent run-ins with his match officials.
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