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Referees chief admits at Premier League meeting that Newcastle was one of 4 VAR mistakes so far

2 years ago

A meeting of Premier League stakeholders has been given an update on the use of VAR in the Premier League

Four round of PL games so far, a total of 40 matches.

Mike Riley is the referees’ chief and he has admitted at this Premier League meeting on Thursday that four mistakes have happened.

The four games were:

West Ham 2 Norwich 0

Newcastle United 1 Watford 1

Leicester 3 Bournemouth 1

Bournemouth 1 Man City 3

Sky Sports report:

‘VAR has made four mistakes so far during the Premier League season, referees’ chief Mike Riley has admitted.

The examples, which include Fabian Schar’s equaliser for Newcastle against Watford and Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans’ apparent stamp on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, were discussed in Thursday’s meeting of Premier League shareholders.

The other two errors were the referee’s decision not to award Manchester City a penalty when Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva’s foot in the Bournemouth box and a decision not to give West Ham a penalty when Sebastien Haller was brought down by Norwich’s Tom Trybull.’

Former top referee Dermot Gallagher said this after the Newcastle v Watford incident:


“The ball appears to hit Isaac Hayden’s hand moments before Fabian Schar scores to equalise for Newcastle, which goes unnoticed by the referee or VAR.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Wrong call.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“It didn’t get picked up.

“Whether that’s because they were trying to keep the game flowing and do it as quickly as possible, I don’t know.

“But what it will do, it’s all about reflection and going forward it’ll be – is it offside, is there a foul, is there a handball – go through the checklist, and if it takes another 10 or 15 seconds then so be it.”


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