Wolves Want VAR Abolished

VAR has seen a variety of controversies thrown it’s way since it’s inclusion in the 2019-2020 season to help referee decision making in matches. Nearly 5 seasons later many people are left frustrated with the inclusion. Deteriorating authority and power of actual officials. Prolonged interruptions to check VAR, and countless more reasons are being thrown into the debate to abolish it. Despite its haters VAR hasn’t really been officially questioned before, and not to the extent that Wolves are doing so. With the Premier League club finally having enough with VAR and how it has damaged the English game in their view. Will this provoke a decision between the Premier League clubs? Is VAR on the out, or will changes at least be implemented? Let’s take a deeper look at Wolves want to abolish VAR…..

What is VAR?

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VAR stands for Video Assistant Referee, it’s a match official in football that assists the referee by reviewing decisions utilizing video footage and gives advice based on those reviews. Almost always being the final decision and utmost authority on calls. Which does anger a lot of fans. Especially when its wrong, as its mere inclusion is meant to prevent those wrong calls.

What Actually Happened?

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Well Wolves has put together a bid to abolish the VAR, a bid they presented to the premier league. The Molineux Club put out the resolution earlier this week, calling to remove VAR for the 2024-2025 season. Wolves have been on the receiving end of various bad calls involving VAR, but in their bid to demolish it they remain respectful of the league, it’s authority and for most of all English football as a whole. A spokesperson for Wolves said “The introduction of VAR was a decision made in good faith and with the best interests of the Premier League at heart. However, it has led to numerous unintended consequences that are damaging the relationship between fans and football.  

They go onto say “they include the impact on goal celebrations and the spontaneous passion that makes football special. There is frustration and confusion inside stadiums due to lengthy VAR checks and poor communication along with continued errors, a more hostile atmosphere with protests, booing of the Premier League anthem and chants against VAR.”

Will Anything Happen?

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It is very unlikely that any changes to VAR will actually take place. However, there is a possibility that changes will be forced by EPL clubs. As this bid could result in a vote among Premier League clubs in June. This vote will need an incredibly high approval rate of at least 70%. That’s around 13-14 of the 20 clubs that inhabit the top division. With only Wolves known to be wanting the change the numbers are looking very fondly in VAR’s way.


Do you think Wolves are right calling for VAR to be abolished? Do you think it has damaged English football and caused prolonged interruptions? What side of the VAR fence do you sit on? Let us know in the comments down below.