Premier League video assistant referees are expected to use ‘thicker lines’ in matches next season to determine marginal decisions, Sky Sports News confirmed.
An agreement to use thicker lines, initially reported in Time, followed by a presentation by Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] Chief Referees Mike Riley to the clubs at their annual general meeting Thursday.
PGMOL hope the change will return the advantage to the attacking team after Premier League clubs gave their comments in a VAR poll last season.
It is not yet clear whether thicker offside lines will be used by VARs in FA Cup games next season.
The Council of the International Football Association [IFAB] – football lawmakers – does not specify a maximum line thickness, under the laws of the game.
FIFA, which has operational control of VAR, tested the semi-automatic offside technology at the 2019 Club World Cup in Qatar.
Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s world football development manager, said in April: “I think the automated offside will be ready for 2022.”
European Super League: ‘Big Six’ clubs to pay Premier League settlement of £ 22million
At the Premier League AGM it was also decided the payment of a combined fine of £ 22million by the six English clubs who have secretly agreed to play in a European Super League (ESL).
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have also agreed to an additional £ 25million fine and a potential 30 point deduction for any similar transgression in the future.
“At the Premier League’s annual general meeting today, shareholders discussed a range of issues and re-committed to building on the collective of 20 clubs for the benefit of the game at large,” said the Premier League announced Thursday in a statement.
“Following yesterday’s agreement between the Premier League, the FA and the six clubs involved in proposals to form a European Super League, shareholders today approved rules to further protect the League against any future breakout of the competition Clubs violating the new rules will be subject to significant penalties.
“The clubs have also accepted the principle of an owners’ charter, which will reaffirm the values and expectations placed on the clubs and their owners.
“These additional rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected and provide certainty and stability to our clubs and their fans.”