EFL opt for no VAR in Championship play-off final

Date published: Monday 1st April 2019 1:16 - Ian Watson

Video assistant referees will not be used in the Championship play-off final despite an estimated £180million windfall for the winners in guaranteed broadcast income and parachute payments.

Press Association Sport understands the decision has been taken because VAR has not been in use in league competition. The technology has been deployed on a trial basis in the Carabao Cup.

It is understood goal-line technology will be in operation for the match on May 27 at Wembley.

Confirmation of the EFL’s stance comes after another weekend of controversy related to refereeing errors, most notably when Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta equalised against Cardiff on Sunday despite being offside.

Unfortunately for Cardiff, who went on to lose the game and are now five points from safety, assistant referee Eddie Smart’s view was blocked by corner-taker Willian, prompting a furious outburst afterwards from the Premier League side’s manager Neil Warnock.

There was also discussion about when and where video replays are being used this season following the FA Cup quarter-finals, which saw Swansea on the wrong end of two questionable decisions that led to Manchester City goals.

The game was played without VAR despite the Liberty Stadium having the capability to do so.

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