Premier League ‘plan to release in-match conversations between referees and VAR officials’ to fans this season

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PREMIER LEAGUE fans will finally be able to hear the conversations between referees and VARs, according to reports.

The League wants to have a more transparent approach and believes releasing the chats will help.

Referees' chats with their VARs will be released after matches this season

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Referees’ chats with their VARs will be released after matches this seasonCredit: Getty

Supporters have so far been left in the dark regarding how officials reached their conclusions, relying on replays and pundit analysis.

According to The Times, the idea is that the public would get to listen in and get a clearer understanding and explanation on how decisions are made this season.

However, the recordings would only be released after full-time due to rules on live broadcasts.

The suggestion is widely supported, claims Premier League chief Richard Masters.

He said: “There is a general view that [releasing the audio] is a good thing.

“There is a desire to be more open with fans about referees’ decision-making and how we do that precisely we need to work out.”

The Premier League introduced VAR for the 2019-20 season.

Similar talks between refs and their VARs are available in the MLS in the United States.

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The audios are posted on YouTube, giving supporters the chance to hear the process of how the referees made the calls.

In rugby and cricket, fans can already hear the conversations in real time during TV and radio broadcasts of matches.

Former Fifa ref Howard Webb, who took charge of the 2010 World Cup final, is currently head of refereeing for the MLS.

But he looks set to return to the Premier League as the new refs’ chief.

It has been a summer of turnover for Mike Riley’s top officials.

Kevin Friend became the latest to hang up his whistle, following fellow veterans Mike Dean, Jon Moss and Martin Atkinson into retirement.

PGMOL had already announced Tom Bramall, who has only been a referee for three seasons, was being promoted to Select Group One and on to the Prem panel.

Fans were previously left in the dark regarding how officials reached their conclusions

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Fans were previously left in the dark regarding how officials reached their conclusionsCredit: Reuters

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