Premier League to review VAR with PGMOL as a matter of priority

BREAKING NEWS: Premier League will review the working of VAR with refereeing body PGMOL as a matter of priority after West Ham, Everton and Newcastle were left FUMING over controversial calls

  • The Premier League are to review the operation of VAR with the PGMOL body
  • The official refereeing body will be spoken to about the video technology
  • West Ham, Everton and Newcastle felt let down by VAR calls in Saturday’s games 

The Premier League is to review the operation of VAR with PGMOL, the official referees’ organisation, as a matter of urgency.

The use of video technology in the top flight of English football has come under criticism after its use in West Ham’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea, and the goalless draw between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.

Now the Premier League is asking the Professional Game Match Officials Limited – PGMOL – to look into the incidents at both games, which led to goals for the Hammers and the Magpies being overruled after the use of VAR.

The Premier League is to review VAR operations with the refereeing body PGMOL immediately 

Some of the criticism stems from the use of VAR to overrule debatable calls that had already been made – as seen in several of the Premier League’s Saturday fixtures. 

Maxwel Cornet thought he had struck a late, late equaliser at Stamford Bridge, but on review by referee Andy Madley, the goal was outlawed because of a challenge by Jarrod Bowen on Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the build-up to the finish.

Newcastle were awarded a goal after a cross was bundled over the line – which would have been credited as an own goal by Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell. However, VAR official Lee Mason got the call overturned because Magpies midfielder Joe Willock collided with Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, in an incident believed to have been missed by on-field referee Michael Salisbury. 

Newcastle thought they took the lead with Tyrick Mitchell’s own-goal, but it was chalked off

There were talking points around VAR in many of the Premier League matches on Saturday, which the Premier League has not said it will look into at this stage.  

Referee Michael Oliver chose to stick with his initial call in Nottingham Forest’s match against Bournemouth, giving the hosts a penalty at the City Ground, despite being asked to review the incident on the pitchside monitor. 

Meanwhile, Everton manager Frank Lampard felt that VAR should have intervened to turn Virgil van Dijk’s yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Amadou Onana upgraded to a red in the second half of the Merseyside derby. 

Meanwhile, Tottenham had two goals ruled out for offside during their London derby against Fulham, and Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was sent off after taking umbrage with two penalty decisions that went against him as they lost 5-2 at Brentford.  

Tottenham had two goals ruled out for offside during their match against Fulham on Saturday

More to follow…  

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