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Report: PL admits three VAR errors in yesterday’s games

Incorrect penalty decisions were made by VAR in all three of yesterday’s (Thurs)  games, the Premier League told BBC Match of the Day.

Bruno Fernandes won a spot-kick which he scored in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

James Ward-Prowse hit the bar after a disputed penalty as Southampton drew 1-1 with Everton.

And Tottenham should have had a penalty for a Joshua King shove on Harry Kane in a 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.

The Premier League confirmed United and Southampton should not have been given penalties, but Tottenham should have been awarded one.

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, a Match of the Day pundit, said a former player should be involved to work alongside the VAR officials at Stockley Park.

“I think that would really help them, to understand the movements,” the former Australia international said.

“When a player falls to buy a penalty you can feel it. It must need a player there to give advice on what the player is doing.

“They’re there to make the big decisions and they can’t do it. It’s really disappointing.”

Fifa is taking over direct responsibility of VAR from football rulemakers IFAB and is expected to insist on greater consistency across more than 100 global leagues, on issues such as the use of pitchside monitors.

There has been confusion in the Premier League, with referees’ chief Mike Riley having limited the use of monitors because it slowed the game down.

ClaretandHugh says: Let’s be frank about this. VAR – a concept discussed for years as the answer to disputes – has in reality – been a disaster during its first season. The Hammers is high on the list – if not top of the clubs – that have suffered at hands of the video assistant referee. That’s more than a tad frustrating but the fact that seemingly game after game high profile mistakes are being made demonstrates just one thing – with humans having the decision over the incidents they will continue because every single on of us is error-prone. It seems from where most of us are sitting that technology can never be the full answer and unless all mistakes are cut out then it’s of little use for just one mistake can take a team down or ensure another is not promoted. And it never is going to be just one – that’s obvious. Even if there were to be a 75 per cent improvement that’s not enough and in such circumstances – where decisions take so frustratingly long to make whilst impatient fans see the game halted sometimes for minutes – there is just one answer as we see it,  go back to where we were before this scneario finally unfolded because it’s a joke and a very very unfunny one at the moment.

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6 comments on “Report: PL admits three VAR errors in yesterday’s games

  1. VAR should in any of the last 10 seasons been a benefit we are always in the top 2 or three worst affected teams by poor referees. This season it’s us and Sheffield Utd I think that are worst affected. It’s not VAR to blame it’s the idiots that police it. Think Cahill has hit on something that could work, referees working alongside players, to get more decisions right, in terms of offside just go back to the rule where if there are less than 2 opposition players between you and the goal while you are in the opposing half you are offside. As for handball just use that old fashioned thing common sense.

  2. Where you have biased Refs on the pitch, and you do, been watching football for over 60 years and it is so obvious, those same Refs moniter VAR and of course are still biased.
    It’s too late when their mistakes are noticed because the game has gone on , had the mistake been acted upon at the time then certain results would have been different . The Teams affected have lost points and subsequently could lose their status , be relegated and lose millions upon millions of pounds, people lose their jobs and players have to be transfered to make up the losses.
    It is tantamount to robbery and the FA, Premier League have to resolve this somehow, this season, Sheff.Utd could miss out on European football because of VAR, West Ham could be relegated because of VAR, I name these two because they have been the most affected, but of course other teams to a lesser degree have also lost points to VAR wrong decisions, this cannot go on

  3. You couldn’t make it up . VAR has been awful . Constant wrong decisions and who knows when it can or cannot be used . Only a clear and obvious mistake by ref > Really ? a decision is either right or wrong Var should manned by independent people not other refs . If the refs were any where near competent VAR would never have been introduced . We now have two incompetent people playing with set squares and imaginary lines . It has ruined the game that we all know and love . The FA admit it made mistakes that ultimately could send people down or miss out on Europe . They cannot change results retrospectively so they must throw it out until the system works and is run properly .

  4. It can take up to 4 minutes to disallow a goal by the width of a mole on a players’ shoulder but raking your studs down a players leg , starting above the knee, doesn’t get a cursory glance.
    After last nights Spuds game and our own the night before, someone should ask Michael Oliver what he considers a push in the back.
    All the refs know each other very well and seem loath to contradict each other unless it’s for offside, which is not seen as a mistake by the ref.
    I fail to see how pitchside checks can hold the game up any more than checks off site. A referee who changes his own decision after reviewing it himself will be praised for being courageous and fair.
    VAR is intrinsically a good thing. It is the asses that monitor it that are making it a laughing stock. It must be more transparent.

  5. Spot on Hugh. I was all in favour of VAR when it was proposed, but it has only made things worse. As you say, humans will always make errors of judgement, so we simply have to minimise that possibility with common sense rules.

  6. There is nothing wrong with VAR it is the human idiots at St Ockley Park. Ive said this before they are either cheats or incompetent

    The decision must be the on pitch referee looking at a monitor and he must miked up so that both the stadium crowd and the TV audience can hear the decision and the reasoning

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