VAR could be introduced to Champions League and Europa League this season

Matt Slater 20/11/2018
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VAR was introduced to the World Cup this summer.

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) could be introduced to the Champions League and Europa League this season, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli have revealed.

European football’s governing body opted against using VAR this season despite it being used by most major European leagues and FIFA this summer at the World Cup in Russia.

Speaking at a joint UEFA and ECA press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Ceferin said the European governing body’s refereeing chief Roberto Rosetti has been leading efforts to make sure UEFA’s pool of referees are ready for VAR and all “technical aspects” have been addressed.

“I expect the report in a week or so and then we will see when we can implement it – (at) the latest, next season,” said Ceferin.

Juventus chairman Agnelli was sat beside Ceferin and added: “The latest next season also means there is space for earlier implementation and we are delighted as clubs for that and we thank UEFA for the work they’ve been putting together.”

With the Premier League agreeing last week to introduce VAR from next season, UEFA is the last major competition organiser in world football to allow referees to use video replays to make better decisions.

It has previously been suggested that UEFA may try to roll out VAR for the Champions League’s quarter-finals, which start on April 9, although the clubs are keen to introduce the system as soon as possible, which could be the first knockout round starting on February 12.

The Europa League’s 32 team knockout round starts on February 14, with the first leg of the quarter-finals on April 11.

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Jurgen Klopp.

Barcelona became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League this week.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at what the remaining sides need with just two games left to play.

Group A

Borussia Dortmund can top the group by beating Club Brugge at home and Monaco away, regardless of Atletico Madrid’s results, providing they score more goals than the Spanish side.

A win for Atletico against Monaco will guarantee their qualification, unless Brugge win away at Dortmund.

Group B

Tottenham need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley in the next match to retain a chance of qualification.

If they do so, the London side would need to better Inter Milan’s result against PSV Eindhoven when they take on Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their final group game.

Group C

Liverpool will qualify if they beat Paris St Germain in Paris. If they draw, the Merseyside team would need to equal or better PSG’s result in the final game to secure a spot in the last 16.

If they lose in Paris, Liverpool can still go through if they beat Napoli by more than two goals in the final group stage fixture.

Group D

Porto have all but qualified, and need just one point from their final two games.

Schalke would have to drop points, and Galatasaray would need to win both remaining matches to prevent the German side going through to the last 16.

Group E

Similarly, Bayern Munich need just a point to qualify for the last 16.

Ajax can go through in the next match with a win against AEK Athens away, if Benfica lose in Munich.

Group F

Manchester City will head to the last 16 as group winners with a game left if they beat Lyon in France in the next game.

German side Hoffenheim need two wins from their final two matches to stand a chance of qualification in place of Lyon.

Group G

Real Madrid top their group, level on points with Roma, although the two meet each other in the next fixture.

CSKA Moscow would need one of the top two sides to lose, and to win both their games to have a chance of remaining in the competition.

Group H

If Manchester United beat Young Boys and Valencia lose or draw away against Juventus, Jose Mourinho’s side will qualify.

If the English team lose or draw against Young Boys and Valencia lose or draw, they will need a point away against the latter.

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Barcelona became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League this week.

Here, we look at what the remaining sides need with just two games left to play.

GROUP A

Borussia Dortmund can top the group by beating Club Brugge at home and Monaco away, regardless of Atletico Madrid’s results, providing they score more goals than the Spanish side.

A win for Atletico against Monaco will guarantee their qualification, unless Brugge win away at Dortmund.

Group A

GROUP B 

Tottenham need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley in the next match to retain a chance of qualification.

If they do so, the London side would need to better Inter Milan’s result against PSV Eindhoven when they take on Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their final group game.

Group B

GROUP C

Liverpool will qualify if they beat Paris Saint-Germain in Paris. If they draw, the Merseyside team would need to equal or better PSG’s result in the final game to secure a spot in the last 16.

If they lose in Paris, Liverpool can still go through if they beat Napoli by more than two goals in the final group stage fixture.

Group C

GROUP D

Porto have all but qualified, and need just one point from their final two games.

Schalke would have to drop points, and Galatasaray would need to win both remaining matches to prevent the German side going through to the last 16.

Group D

GROUP E

Similarly, Bayern Munich need just a point to qualify for the last 16.

Ajax can go through in the next match with a win against AEK Athens away, if Benfica lose in Munich.

Group E

GROUP F

Manchester City will head to the last 16 as group winners with a game left if they beat Lyon in France in the next game.

German side Hoffenheim need two wins from their final two matches to stand a chance of qualification in place of Lyon.

Group F

GROUP G

Real Madrid top their group, level on points with Roma, although the two meet each other in the next fixture.

CSKA Moscow would need one of the top two sides to lose, and to win both their games to have a chance of remaining in the competition.

Group G

GROUP H 

If Manchester United beat Young Boys and Valencia lose or draw away against Juventus, Jose Mourinho’s side will qualify.

If the English team lose or draw against Young Boys and Valencia lose or draw, they will need a point away against the latter.

Group H

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