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How will Brighton and other Premier League teams react as VAR changes loom?

VAR rarely goes out of the news for long, and Brighton have had their fair share of issues with it this season. But where would they and their Premier League rivals sit without it?

Brighton, who are currently seventh in the table, return to Premier League action on Sunday when they host Fulham at the American Express Stadium. The Seagulls have not been at their flowing best this season, but it has been a solid start to the new campaign for head coach Roberto De Zerbi, who has had to contend with injuries and new players to bed in.

Last night’s superb 2-0 Europa League victory over Ajax will certainly boost confidence, and Brighton will be looking to build on that performance against Marco Silva’s men, who are down in 13th.

Ahead of the match, news has emerged that VAR protocols could be altered for next season. Two areas that have been keenly debated in England are whether the live audio between referees and VARs should be available for broadcast, and whether play could be stopped in the event of a serious error even after play has restarted.

How will Brighton and other Premier League teams react as VAR changes loom?

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “I’d love to get to the point where the fans have more access to the conversation that takes place between the VAR and the referee. I also understand the referees’ perspective on that, they’ve got an incredibly hard job already.”

A trial whereby referee’s decisions after a video review are announced in stadium could be extended beyond FIFA events to other competitions from early next year.

It remains to be seen how these changes would impact Brighton and their Premier League rivals, but it is clear that VAR is a technology that is still under development. It will be interesting to see how the game continues to evolve in the years to come.


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