VAR got penalty decisions wrong in all Thursday EPL games

VAR got penalty decisions wrong in all Thursday EPL games

Incorrect penalty decisions were made by the video assistant referee (VAR) in all three of Thursday’s games; a former referee working for the Premier League match centre 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.

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

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

Ex-Premier League official Dermot Gallagher advised that 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.

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“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 rule-makers IFAB. It is expected to insist on greater consistency across more than 100 global leagues; especially on issues such as the use of pitch-side monitors.

However, there has been confusion in the Premier League; with referees’ chief Mike Riley limiting the use of monitors to ensure the game is not slowed down.

Former referee Riley, who is managing director of the officials body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and responsible for the use of VAR in England, was speaking at the Premier League shareholders’ meeting in London on Thursday when he identified the incidents.

“If you look at the four-match rounds, 227 incidents have been checked,” he said.

“Out of that we’ve changed six decisions – we think we should have changed 10 in total.

“That gives you the scale of where VAR can help and add value to the game; but it also demonstrates that this is still about refereeing a game of Premier League football on the pitch.”

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