Champions League knockout stages to have VAR this season along with Nations League and Euro Under-21s

VAR will feature in the Champions League knockout stages this season.

Video assistant referees will also be used in the Nations League and European Under-21s Championship.

Champions League knockout stages to have VAR this season along with Nations League and Euro Under-21sAP:Associated Press3 VAR is to be used in the Champions League knockout stages from February

The technology will be used in world football's top club competition for the last-16 fixtures this February after being fast-tracked by UEFA.

European soccer's governing body had originally intended to introduce VAR from next season.

The plan was to roll it out from the Champions League qualifying play-offs in August.

But now it has been brought forward after a number of controversial incidents already this campaign – and pressure from clubs.

Champions League knockout stages to have VAR this season along with Nations League and Euro Under-21sAP:Associated Press3 VAR officials will be seen in their control room in the Champions League from February
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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling won a penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk after tripping over the turf.

And Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for Juventus following an off-the-ball incident with Valencia's Jeison Murillo.

Video review can help referees overturn decisions on clear errors in game-changing situations.

This includes goals, penalty kicks being awarded, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Champions League knockout stages to have VAR this season along with Nations League and Euro Under-21sReuters3 Raheem Sterling won a controversial penalty for Man City in the Champions League this season

VAR has been used in a number of European leagues this season including the Spanish top flight.

It was also used in the World Cup – where video referees were shown wearing full kit in their control room.

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