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UEFA to use VAR from Champions League knockout rounds this season

AFP  |  Dublin 

Referees will be used in from the knockout stages of this season's competition and in the finals in June, confirmed on Monday.

European football's governing body had previously stated its intention to introduce VAR only from the start of the 2019/2020 season.

"If we can do it before, why wait? We cannot afford any mistakes if we can do it earlier," said after a meeting of the European football body's

"We are ready to use VAR earlier than initially planned and we are convinced that it will be beneficial for our competitions as it will provide valuable help to match officials and will allow to reduce incorrect decisions."

VAR is already used in a number of Europe's top leagues, including Spain's La Liga, Germany's and in and was widely seen as a success at this summer's

The final and the under-21 in in June will also use VAR.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 21:55 IST