Championship’s play-off finalists will chase £180m jackpot without aid of VAR

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Video assistant referees will not be used in the Championship play-off final despite an estimated £180m windfall going to the winners.

It is understood the decision has been taken because VAR has not been in use in league competition.

However, goal-line technology will be used during the match at Wembley on May 27.

The technology has been deployed on a trial basis in some Carabao Cup games, but it was not in operation during Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley between Portsmouth and Sunderland.

Confirmation of the English Football League’s stance comes after another weekend of controversy related to refereeing errors, most notably when Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta equalised against Cardiff on Sunday despite being offside.

Unfortunately for Cardiff, who went on to lose the game and are now five points from safety in the Premier League, assistant referee Eddie Smart’s view was blocked by corner-taker Willian, prompting a furious outburst afterwards from Bluebirds’ manager Neil Warnock.

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony agreed with Warnock, tweeting his belief that the officials involved should be suspended until next season and adding “big showing why VAR is so important going forward”.

There was also much discussion in the game about when and where video replays are being used this season following the FA Cup quarter-finals, which saw Swansea on the wrong end of two questionable decisions that led to Manchester City goals.

The game was played without VAR despite the Liberty Stadium having the capability to do so.

The Premier League have already announced they will be using the system from next season, while the Football Association will review their decision to only use it in the cup at current Premier League grounds at the end of this season’s tournament.

The EFL have consistently said they are not yet ready to roll out VAR for league competition, as they do not have enough referees with the required training to operate the system and not all of their 72 clubs have enough camera positions to make it work.