The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will feature in the Singapore Premier League from the upcoming season ahead, a year after the implementation process began.
Singapore, according to a previous release by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), will the third country in the ASEAN Football Federation to implement the technology to aid the on-field match referees.
However, desktop research suggests that only Thailand have since introduced VAR to its league, with the implementation beginning in September 2020.
Malaysia is expected to implement the VAR use for Cup matches in 2023 while Vietnam will put the system in use only for the 2024 season.
Said FAS Director (Referees) Nazeer Hussain, “The VAR system is increasingly becoming a staple feature in football since its introduction and we are pleased to have this piloted for the SPL, which will undoubtedly help to enhance and elevate the levels of officiating here.”
Fans and netizens reacted to the announcement by leaving snarky comments on the FAS Facebook post.
The VAR technology will be introduced in the 28th season of the league, which kicks off on 24 February.
The season opener Community Shield between Hougang United and Albirex Niigata will take place on 19 February.
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