PREMIER LEAGUE bosses have accepted there have been six game-changing ‘wrong’ VAR decisions in the first half of the season.
The reign of new Chief Referee Howard Webb begins with the Boxing Day matches and the former World Cup Final whistler is determined to make clubs, managers, players and fans more confident in the effectiveness of the technology.
This will result in fewer VAR interventions unless the on-pitch decision is “clearly and obviously” wrong.
Among the six shockers accepted by the Prem hierarchy was Gabriel Martinelli’s unrecognized goal for Arsenal against Manchester United.
The Brazilian’s goal was ticked off after referee Paul Tierney consulted the VAR monitor and wrongly ruled that Martin Odegaard had fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up.
Another mistake was West Ham’s disallowed ‘equalizer’ against Chelsea and the decision to rule out Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell own goal in Newcastle.
The new Key Match Incident Panel, which includes three former players and representatives from Prem and PGMOL, believes 42 interventions were correct, but that there were six incidents where the decision on the pitch should have been changed.
These included failing to sack Tottenham defender Cristian Romero for pulling hair just before Harry Kane’s equalizer at Chelsea, and Spurs’ free-kick should have been awarded for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s jab at Ryan Sessegnon in the Liverpool defeat.
Meanwhile, Prem chiefs have petitioned football’s lawmakers, the International FA Board, for permission to hold a trial of temporary concussion substitutes next season.
The Prem, Ligue 1 in France and the MLS want to face the process.
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However, it remains questionable whether the Ifab will give its approval, as the Zurich committee sees the risk that players will be sent back to the pitch prematurely after a hasty investigation is too great.
There will be no repeat of the extended injury time process seen in the World Cup when the Prem resumes as league bosses believe they need to be consistent for the remainder of the season.
This extension could come into effect next season depending on the agreement.
Meanwhile, Prem bosses have yet to decide whether to adopt Fifa’s groundbreaking semi-automated offside technology for next season.
A problem might be that the chip-in-ball technology used in Qatar is licensed to Adidas, while Premier League balls are made by Nike.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/soccer/6968205/premier-league-var-arsenal-man-utd/ Premier League confirms SIX wrong VAR calls this season including Arsenal’s disallowed goal against Man Utd