Chesterfield chief executive 'shocked' at VAR bill from Chelsea match

Spireites chief executive John Croot has told of his ‘shock’ at being billed for VAR in Chesterfield’s FA Cup match at Chelsea.

By Liam Norcliffe
Tuesday, 11th January 2022, 1:56 pm
VAR was in operation for Chesterfield's match at Chelsea on Saturday.
VAR was in operation for Chesterfield's match at Chelsea on Saturday.

Saturday’s third round tie at Stamford Bridge was the first time Chesterfield had been involved in a game with VAR because it is only used at Premier League grounds.

The technology is used to review any refereeing decisions which are potentially incorrect or have been missed.

“We got a letter from the FA the week before saying that the cost of it would be deducted from the expenses of the game so between us and Chelsea we had to pay over £9,000 for VAR to be in operation on Saturday,” Croot told BBC Radio Sheffield.

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"It was a bit of a shock to me if I am honest.

“It is deducted from the gate receipts and then you split what is left so effectively it is half each because that is how it works. You deduct the cost of the game and split the money between us and Chelsea.

"We were surprised because obviously we have never had VAR before so we did not know.”

The DT asked the FA for comment and a spokesperson said in a statement: “All ties hosted at Premier League stadiums in the 2021/22 Emirates FA Cup will have video assistant referees as only Premier League grounds are currently licenced to use VAR technology. Its cost of £9,250 is a match expense, and is therefore shared equally by the competing clubs from gate receipts.”