PGMOL Apologises To Brighton For Massive Blunder In Tottenham’s Match


PGMOL have apologized to Brighton after admitting that the match officials and VAR made mistakes in the matchup with Tottenham.

PGMOL Apologises To Brighton For Massive Blunder In  Tottenham's Match

This is the third apology that have been offered by the organisation to the seagulls this season.

One of the numerous incidents happened when the game was at 1-1 draw when Kaoru Mitoma was caught by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg inside the area.

The centre referee Stuart Atwell waved away the Brighton appeals for a penalty which was immediately looked at by VAR official Michael Salisbury at Stockley Park.

The chief of PGMOL Howard Webb has been in contact with Brighton and confirmed that they should have been awarded a penalty for following the tackle by Hojbjerg on Mitoma.

The incident was just one of the three penalty appeals Brighton had in the game, which none of them was awarded to Roberto De Zerbi’s side as both manager was sent off following a bust up.

Brighton were angered by the decision making during the matchup with Tottenham and demanded an explanation from the PGMOL.

De Zerbi’s team had two goals ruled out by VAR with Mitoma wrongly penalised for a handball which after checking showed it hit his shoulder.

The visitors were then further enraged as Danny Welbeck’s goal in the second half was ruled out for a handball by Alexis Mac Allister in the build up.

VAR checks showed that the ball did not hit his hip in the build-up.

PGMOL Apologises To Brighton For Massive Blunder In  Tottenham's Match

Chris Sutton, former Chelsea striker, called the penalty incident and first hand ball decision as “horrendous.

He confirmed that: “Brighton have been robbed this afternoon.”

“At least two horrendous decisions go against Mitoma. [Referees’ chief] Howard Webb will be apologising to them once again, of that I’m sure! Truly awful.”

Danny Murphy, a former midfielder, also showed his displeasure with the officiating by the officials.

Speaking on the incident that occured in the match, he said: “It is beyond belief that those two decisions weren’t given.”

“It is hard to find any logical reason why.”

“As far as I’m concerned it’s just complete incompetence.”

“I feel for (referees chief) Howard Webb to a degree.”

Premier League’s record goal scorer Alan Shearer also slammed the poor and inconsistent officiating.

Speaking on match day, the Newcastle United legend said: “It should be a clear penalty. De Zerbi I’m sure will be getting an apology at some time in the next 48 hours to say, ‘Sorry, we got that one wrong’.”

PGMOL Apologises To Brighton For Massive Blunder In  Tottenham's Match

“It’s not good enough, it’s not acceptable.”

This wrong decisions by the referring department could cost Brighton as they drop down to seventh, 10 points off Manchester United in fourth.

Brighton aren’t the only victims of wrong decisions by the PGMOL in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea have had the biggest wrong decisions against them while Arsenal aren’t left out too.

How long can fans and teams endure these decisions that are detrimental to their performance in the Premier League?

What do you think? Should the PGMOL be reformed to reduce all these?

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