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NEP and EVS land Danish Superliga VAR contract

The Danish Superliga, the top tier of club football in Denmark, has appointed production company NEP and video technology firm EVS to supply its video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The Superliga to become the latest domestic football league to introduce VAR when its 2020-21 season commences in July.

The league has awarded four-year contracts to the two companies, with NEP enjoying prior ties through its Danish division having produced most of the competition’s matches since 1998.

The VAR system designed by EVS is in use in other European leagues including Spain’s LaLiga, the Portuguese Primeira Liga and Polish Ekstraklasa.

Claus Thomsen, director of the Divisionsforeningen, the Danish clubs body that owns the commercial rights, said: “We think it is an optimal combination with NEP, which knows Danish football very well, in collaboration with EVS, which is Fifa-authorised and has extensive experience from abroad.”

NEP is well known to Divisionsforeningen in its role carrying out the host broadcast for league games on behalf of domestic rights-holders Discovery and NENT. DBlux, the Danish production firm and outside broadcast specialist, previously handled the production but was bought by NEP in 2016.

A minimum of six cameras are deployed for the host broadcast of Superliga games, rising to a maximum of 12, although this number excludes any cameras required for the VAR offering.