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Steve Bruce reveals he has rang Mike Riley

2 weeks ago

Steve Bruce has been speaking to Mike Riley.

After seeing VAR intervene and a penalty given in injury time on Saturday against Southampton, the Newcastle United Head Coach revealing that ahead of the Southampton match he’d rang the head of the referees organisation.

Steve Bruce making the call to Mike Riley, seemingly due to his dissatisfaction with how few times the referee sticks to his original decision, once VAR has got involved.

Bruce claiming / pointing out that last season in the Premier League, referees went to the pitchside screen after VAR intervention some 60+ times but only ‘four or five’ times did they then stick with the decision they had already made.

Steve Bruce acknowledges that VAR and the on-field referee did get the Lascelles penalty decision against Southampton correct but still maintains that Murphy against West Ham and Lascelles at Villa the wrong eventual decisions were made.

I think West Ham was the wrong decision but both the Lascelles ones were clear penalties in my opinion, VAR doing its job.

On Steve Bruce’s point about how few times referees stay with their original decision after VAR has flagged up a potential mistake / something missed, is it really that surprising? There are loads of times when you wonder why VAR hasn’t intervened and clearly the intention is to only intervene when they feel they really have to, so…they are only alerting the referee on the pitch when they are very confident a mistake has been made. Which surely then explains why so few times a referee doesn’t end up going with what VAR has flagged up.

Steve Bruce speaking to Newcastle United’s own TV channel after Southampton match and latest VAR decision…:

“Unfortunately, we have been hit by another penalty.

“You know, it’s three in three [Premier League] games.

“And lets be brutally honest, by looking at VAR it was a penalty.

“However, disappointing to concede it with 30 seconds to go.

“I’ll accept that one today because it looks a penalty…but I am not going to accept the other two.

“And there for me lies the problem.

“I did ring Mike Riley, the head of the referees, this week.

“You know, there was sixty odd times when the referees went over to the [pitchside] screen last year and [only] stayed with the on-field decision four or five times.

“So, once they go and look at the screen, it’s very rare they stay with the on-field decision.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Saturday 28 August 3pm



Wilson 55, Saint-Maximin 90


Elyounoussi 74, Ward-Prowse (pen) 90+5

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Southampton 65% (63%) Newcastle 35% (37%)

Total shots were Southampton 22 (11)  Newcastle 10 (4)

Shots on target were Southampton 6 (3) Newcastle 5 (1)

Corners were Southampton 4 (1) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar, Murphy, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Willock (Fraser 84), Ritchie, Wilson (Joelinton 67), Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Manquillo, Gayle


44,017 (950 Southampton)

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