Premier League tells referees to view replays for red cards

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse, reacts as the referee Lee mason listens to the VAR referee who said that Southampton's Shane Long was offside when fouled by Leicester's Caglar Soyuncu, so no penalty is given during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Southampton at the King Power stadium in Leicester, England Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LONDON (AP) — The Premier League has advised its referees to use sideline monitors to make a final ruling on red card decisions.

Through 22 rounds of the first Premier League season with video review, referees have not gone over to the screens at any point to watch replays after being told to use them sparingly. Instead, referees have been relying on feedback from the video assistant referee in a London control room.

But officials were reminded at a meeting of Premier League referees this week that they should go over to what is known as the “referee review area” when VAR suggests upgrading a yellow card to a red or downgrading a red to a yellow.

It has been a more familiar sight at games in other European competitions, like the Champions League, to see referees watching replays in the stadium.


Source: AP