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Wenger criticises Premier League’s VAR decision

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Premier League has made the wrong decision to not introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for next season

The Frenchman revealed his opinion on the decision after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied a potential goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle, when the ball hit the hand of defender Jamaal Lascelles.

“We are behind the rest of the world,” said Wenger, according to BBC.

“The Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and I believe that is a very, very bad decision.”

The coach feels that VAR could have had a big impact on some of the big games this season and fears that the Premier League is falling behind the other leagues in failing to introduce the technology.

“Every big game this season has been decided by mistakes that could have been avoided with VAR.” said the 68 year-old.

“The Premier League has been created by people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe. It worked,”

“The young generation is used to [VAR] and worldwide, they might move away from us because they see that in other countries they do it.”

The decision to delay the introduction of VAR was made in a recent meeting between shareholders of the Premier League with the majority of the 20 club members present voting against the system.

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