VAR will be used in six Carabao Cup third round ties including Liverpool vs Chelsea

Six Carabao Cup third round ties will use Video Assistant Referees (VAR) as part of the technology’s ongoing trial in English football.

The fixtures on Tuesday September 25 between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford and Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City at Molineux will use VAR.
And on Wednesday September 26, the Arsenal vs Brentford, West Ham vs Macclesfield Town and Liverpool vs Chelsea ties will also utilise the video replays.

In addition, the third round match between Everton and Southampton, at Goodison Park on Tuesday October 2, will have VAR in operation.
It comes after VAR was trialled in four of the Carabao Cup second round fixtures last month, all at Premier League stadiums.
VAR technology allows the match referee to be alerted to contentious incidents he may have missed by video officials based remotely at Stockley Park in west London.
The referee can then choose to review video replays of the incidents on a pitchside monitor and alter his original decision if necessary.

VAR checks can be used in four match-changing situations: whether a goal should be allowed to stand, whether a penalty should be awarded or not, whether a direct red card should be awarded, and in cases of mistaken identity.

The technology, which featured prominently at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, is being trialled in selected English fixtures under the guidance of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
Supporters inside the six venues will be alerted when a VAR check is underway, typically by use of the big screens.
The VAR trial in England began last season, with 19 matches in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup involved, but that number is expected to rise to about 60 this season.

It comes after a trial during Saturday’s 3pm Premier League fixtures at the VAR hub, without communication with the officials at the grounds.

It found that only one decision would have been overturned in the five matches – a Leroy Sane goal disallowed for offside in Manchester City’s 3-0 home win over Fulham should have stood.

Replays showed that Sane was marginally onside as he scored just before half-time.
In April, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR for this season but it could happen in the future.
VAR will not be used in this season’s Champions League.

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