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Scottish football to host meeting over introduction of VAR

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Padraig Whelan

The SPFL and Scottish FA will host a joint meeting of Scottish Premiership clubs with a view to introducing VAR to the domestic game.

While technology has been implemented in leagues and international competitions across the continent since 2018, Scotland has so far resisted its use.

However, the SPFL and FA will hold a meeting at Hampden Park on October 8 to discuss bringing VAR into the top flight and latter rounds of cup competitions.

It will give clubs the opportunity to debate the issue and there is no guarantee that it will be brought into the game in Scotland.

“Scottish football took the view that it was be preferable to see the technology be refined, overcome inevitable teething problems and, naturally, become more cost-effective,” SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell stated.

“VAR is here to stay. In a short period its implementation has advanced significantly, while its set-up and maintenance costs have reduced. We are now at the point where we need to discuss and ideally agree on its introduction into Scottish football.”

Goal-line technology has been in place at Hampden for both domestic cup competitions since last year.