THE English Football League says "discussions are ongoing" about the Video Assistant Referee system being used in the League One and Two play-off finals.

VAR will be in operation in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on May 29, the EFL confirmed earlier this week.

The use of video replays to help refereeing decisions was adopted by the Premier League in 2019 but has, until now, been overlooked by the EFL, which confirmed VAR will not be in use for the semi-finals.

In a statement on Twitter, the EFL said: “The EFL confirms that VAR will be used for the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 29 May (4:30pm kick-off).

“Discussions remain ongoing regarding VAR being used in the Sky Bet League One (Saturday 21 May – 3pm kick-off) and League Two (Saturday 28 May – 4pm kick-off) play-off finals.”

Swindon Town take on Port Vale in the League Two play-off semi-finals - with the first leg taking place on Sunday at the County Ground (12pm kick-off).

The two teams will then face off at Vale Park on Thursday, May 19 (7:45pm kick-off) to decide who plays either Northampton Town or Mansfield Town under the arch.

While many Swindon fans are against the idea of VAR being introduced for the one-off fixture, should their club qualify, head coach Ben Garner had previously stated he was "100 per cent for" the system being introduced.

In an interview with Adver Sport back in February, the Town coach was discussing the proposed idea of bringing in a "VAR-light" system with four screens which would help clear up controversial moments such as possible red cards and penalty decisions.

Asked whether he would be for or against the idea of introducing VAR to the lower tiers, Garner said: “Pro. 100 per cent” before smiling and saying it would have given Town “another eight penalties this season.”

He continued: “For me, it would be quite simple. We can get a replay sent down to the bench quite quickly from our analysts at the back of the stand.

“For the fourth official to have some kind of screen or iPad for the key decisions – I’d be for it, 100 per cent. We just want the right decisions and the right outcome for games."

Garner admitted he could understand that alternative view but reiterated his desire to see referees given help for clear and obvious errors that directly result in a goal.

He said: “There are some games with VAR that I’ve watched – for example, the Champions League game in midweek where one of Manchester City’s goals against Sporting Lisbon took an age to be awarded.

“We don’t want that. It needs to be quick, take a look at it, is it or isn’t it? We just want the blatant ones to be overruled.

“It doesn’t need to be a case of getting every decision right in every facet of the game, I don’t think we need the offsides necessarily at this time.

“But penalty decisions and whether the ball has crossed the line – the decisions that change games. They’re the ones where it would be nice if they could be looked at to make sure they’re right.”