The Premier League referees’ body is perfecting plans that will improve the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) next season.
The referee’s body is expected to study survey forms that have been distributed to key stakeholders in the football family.
The results of the survey will be shown to referees in the summer as part of efforts to help with the efficiency of decision-making.
There is a basic knowledge that the use of VAR could be beefed up after so many controversial incidents this season.
At Thursday’s shareholders meeting, clubs talked about the potential changes to VAR.
Earlier this season, two red cards issued by referee Mike Dean were overturned on appeal. They include the cases when he used VAR to give Southampton’s Jan Bednarek and West Ham’s Tomas Soucek the marching orders.
In both cases, Dean did not see the initial incident but was asked to view the pitch-side monitor by the VAR before dismissing each player.
Lee Mason has also been a subject of scrutiny for his handling of an amazing free-kick decision in Brighton’s loss to West Brom last month, while the interpretation of offside has come under serious criticism this season from players, managers and fans alike.
The survey was sent to players, managers, and directors of football to know their opinion on the subjective decisions made on the pitch, and whether VAR should have intervened.
Referee’s chief, Mike Riley will also present the result of the survey to clubs in June.
Meanwhile, clubs have also asked to push the last round of Premier League fixtures back to midweek to enable each team play a home game with fans present.
With the look of things, government is planning to allow up to 10,000 fans into stadiums from May 17.
According to BBC, the penultimate round of fixtures is currently supposed to hold in the weekend of May 15 and 16 so, delaying games to Tuesday, May 18 or Wednesday, May19 would allow all clubs to benefit from home support.
Confirmation of that decision is likely to come next month, while any idea of away fans seeing those games would rely on government approval.