The Premier League and PGMOL, the official referees’ organization, will examine (Video Assistant Referee) VAR calls in Saturday’s games involving West Ham and the one involving Newcastle United.
Chelsea defeated West Ham 2-1, and Newcastle and Crystal Palace were able to draw 0-0.
Goals were overturned in both games amidst heated debate among players, managers, commentators, and spectators.
As shown in the two incidences that will be evaluated, some of the criticism arose from the use of VAR to overturn questionable rulings that had already been made.
Maxwel Cornet of West Ham believed he had scored a late equalizer at Stamford Bridge. However, the goal was overturned after review by referee Andy Madley due to a challenge by Jarrod Bowen on Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy during the build-up.
While in the other case, Tyrick Mitchell, a defender, pushed a cross over his own goal line, giving Newcastle the goal. The collision between Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and Magpies player Joe Willock, which is said to have gone unnoticed by on-field referee Michael Salisbury, led to VAR official Lee Mason overturning the call.
It’s not yet apparent what this urgent review’s ramifications will be or whether they’ll affect England’s future use of VAR in Premier League games.
Premier League VAR
Every Premier League game features a Video Assistant Referee (VAR), a licensed official who may see slow-motion replays of the game while watching it on multiple screens and providing advice to the on-field referee.
Match officials in the Premier League are human and can make mistakes that affect how a game turns out.
People can instantly see blunders committed on TV or their phones thanks to the power of technology. So why not make use of that technology to assist with what is going on on the field?
Before VAR was implemented in 2018–19, 82% of crucial match decisions were accurate. In the 2019–20 season, it increased to 94% with the aid of VAR.
What Happened In The Premier League on Week 6?
In the sixth week of the Premier League, numerous goals were overturned and penalties were not awarded.
However, many players and coaches feel that the issue, not the VAR, but with the people handling the alleged outcome displayed by the assistant referee.
Among the rulings made last weekend are:
Late London Derby Drama
In a thrilling game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea came from behind to defeat West Ham 2-1 after being denied a late equalizer.
Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel asserted that he thought his goalkeeper had been fouled before Michail Antonio’s opening goal for West Ham, but he agreed with the call to deny Cornet’s late goal for the guests.
Cornet pounced after Mendy parried the ball in his direction. Referee Andrew Madley found that Bowen had fouled the goalkeeper, though, after being told to examine the monitor.
Newcastle v Crystal Palace Saga
Newcastle and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 at St. James’ Park, but only after the hosts had a goal disallowed.
Tyrick Mitchell turned the ball into his own net despite Newcastle’s claims that he shoved the midfielder, but referee Michael Salisbury disallowed it due to a foul by Joe Willock on Vicente Guaita.
It was a blatant foul, and if it wasn’t, the goalkeeper would have the ball in his hands, according to Palace manager Patrick Vieira, who disagreed with the ruling. The decision made by the referee is sound.
There were two penalties in Brentford’s 5-2 victory over Leeds—one that was called and one that wasn’t.
Ivan Toney was handed a penalty after a foul by Luis Sinisterra, who VAR determined to have acquired the ball but taken the player first. This gave his team the advantage.
When Aaron Hickey brought down Crysencio Summerville, Leeds were denied their own penalty.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank expressed a different viewpoint, saying: “I’ll let VAR and the officials decide that one. I saw our own one back after the game, and it’s undoubtedly a penalty.”