Eddie Howe gives major hint on Newcastle United’s VAR stance before Premier League vote

Eddie Howe is not a fan of VAR - a hint at how Newcastle United could vote next monthEddie Howe is not a fan of VAR - a hint at how Newcastle United could vote next month
Eddie Howe is not a fan of VAR - a hint at how Newcastle United could vote next month
Premier League clubs are set to vote on VAR’s future at next month’s Annual General Meeting

Eddie Howe has doubled down on the Premier League needing “less” VAR ahead of next month’s vote.

Reports yesterday claimed Wolverhampton Wanderers have tabled a proposal that could see the technology scrapped for next season. England introduced VAR in 2019-20 - a year later than the rest of Europe.

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The 2018 World Cup was a breakout tournament for the technology but questions are now being raised about its future. Several high-profile incidents - namely Liverpool’s disallowed goal against Tottenham Hotspur in September - have fuelled anger towards the software.

Wolves claim VAR is “undermining the value of the Premier League brand” - a sentiment echoed by many supporters. Just hours after the news broke, the technology was under scrutiny again after Newcastle United were denied a penalty at Old Trafford.

Speaking post-match, Howe urged for an overhaul of the current system, with “more power” being given to referees. He said: "I have always been in an era where the referee makes a decision and I back it. I would possibly keep it (VAR) with offsides, but I want more power with referees."

This echoes comments earlier in the season following Newcastle’s controversial 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain. An error to award PSG a late penalty contributed towards the Magpies crashing out of the Champions League.

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Howe’s comments could reflect Newcastle’s stance before the Premier League’s AGM summit next month - where the VAR vote will take place. He said: "I’d like to see less VAR. I don’t have an issue with offsides because that is as close as it can be to being right, whether you agree with the decision, the lines give you a black and white yes or no. The rest, I’m not in favour.

"I still think it’s just another person’s opinion against another person’s opinion. It’s very subjective. I’d like to see less. I definitely wouldn’t want to see more because I think it would ruin the game."

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