VAR will be used in the Europa League knock-out stages which start this week with Arsenal welcoming Olympiacos to the Emirates.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: No gaol by David Luiz of Arsenal after VAR review during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: No gaol by David Luiz of Arsenal after VAR review during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Despite being used in the Champions League, VAR was not made available during the Europa League group stages. Now we’ve got to the knock-out round, UEFA have decided to let it be used.

“We believe that VAR is a crucial project for football,” Uefa’s referees committee chairman, Roberto Rosetti while also commenting on how it has been a success in the Champions League.

One place it certainly hasn’t been a success is in England, where the Premier League have made a right dog’s dinner of its implementation.

This was again on full display as Harry Maguire avoided a red card against Chelsea on Monday night despite clearly being shown to have kicked out at an opposition player while Olivier Giroud had a goal disallowed because his toenail was offside.

I’m quite looking forward to seeing it used somewhat more sensibly when UEFA officials roll into town.

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