Carabao Cup: VAR, a major concern for fans


The World Cup played during the summer was a moment for football as the sport’s most prestigious tournament allowed referees to use video replays to make decisions for the first time.
The use of video assistant referees – or VAR, as it has become known – has not eliminated all controversy but however it has certainly been an addition to the tournaments in which it has been used.
With the Carabao Cup semi-final first legs set to take place this week, many fans are asking whether or not VAR will be used in this year’s tournament.
The Carabao Cup has been using VAR since selected games in the second round of the tournament this season and approved the use of VAR at all Premier League stadia before the season began.
This means that both meetings between Chelsea and Spurs will have VAR while Manchester City’s clash with Burton Albion at the Etihad on Wednesday night will also have the technology available to the ref.
But what about the return leg at the Pirelli Stadium? It’s unclear at the moment. The League One side have yet to use VAR at their home stadium but with the game set to be shown live on Sky Sports, it remains a possibility.

Share this Article