Supporters at tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg between Arsenal and Chelsea will be notified when a decision is being referred to the VAR via Emirates Stadium’s two big screens.
In a bid to clear up confusion about when the on-field referee is requesting assistance, the Mirror report that the EFL have supplied branded graphics that will be displayed live while the consultation takes place.
While the trial of VAR in English football has been welcomed by most in the game, a number of issues have arisen in recent weeks. Two weeks ago at Stamford Bridge, supporters watching the first-leg of tonight’s showdown were left in the dark when Martin Atkinson twice checked on possible penalty decisions.
The technology also came under scrutiny when the Blues faced Norwich in the FA Cup last week when the off-field official wasn’t shown angles seen by television viewers over a contentious penalty decision.
It’s hoped the graphics will ease some of the terrace perplexity. The FA have stopped short of showing a live feed of what the video team, based in Stockley Park near Heathrow, are watching. That will be reserved for viewers of Sky Sports’ coverage who’ll also have the benefit of hearing exactly why the red has made a decision.
Unlike some clubs, Arsenal do not use their big screens to show live action during a game. In fact, the club goes out of its way to avoid any controversial incidents being replayed to the point that contentious incidents in the build-up to goals are often cut.