Premier League and PGML to review controversial VAR decisions

The Premier League has asked the PGMOL to review the VAR decisions that disallowed goals for West Ham and Newcastle against Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively.

In both cases on Saturday, VAR intervened to controversially disallow a goal.

West Ham were denied a late Maxwell Cornet equalizer against Chelsea after a foul on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was disallowed in real time.

Hammers boss David Moyes called it a ‘ridiculously bad decision’ and said harshly: “…sadly this is the level of poor refereeing at the moment.”

At Newcastle, the Magpies saw a goal ruled out in real time by Crystal Palace defender Tyreek Mitchell again for an apparent foul on goalkeeper Vicente Guetta.

At the end of both events, BBC pundit Alan Shearer accused VAR of being of ‘no help’ to inexperienced top-flight referee Michael Salisbury.

“Lee Mason (VAR) is to blame because he is an inexperienced referee. At this level you have to get the decision right, he didn’t get any help from VAR. There are too many mistakes, VAR is not the problem, it is. They’re the guys driving it,” Shearer said of Newcastle’s disallowed goal.

VAR also came under scrutiny at Sunday’s early kick-off when a length check for possible offside ultimately disallowed on-field referee Tony Harrington to shout Alexis McAllister.

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Just a few days ago, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte accused officials in English football of not knowing how to use VAR properly.

“In England they have to learn a lot to use VAR properly. You have to study very well and be more precise,” Conte said in midweek.

If there is VAR you have to use it correctly or accept the referee’s decision. If you have a TV, you have time to watch. It is difficult not only for me but for every coach.

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