Refs boss Howard Webb delivers tough verdict on Rashford’s offside v Man City as he reveals TWO major decisions by VAR were wrong

HOWARD WEBB defended VAR’s controversial offside decision at Rashford but admitted two big decisions recently went wrong.

The PGMOL boss was asked about VAR’s bid ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Fulham.

Howard Webb stuck to Rashford's offside decision


Howard Webb stuck to Rashford’s offside decision

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher Webb asked over a controversial decision that resulted in a Manchester United goal against Manchester City last month.

Bruno Fernandes scored after Rashford ran for a pass from an offside position and although he didn’t touch the ball he seemed to deflect Ederson and Manuel Akanji.

But Webb claimed Rashford didn’t interfere with the game depending on how the rules of the game are interpreted, so VAR was right to let the goal stand.

He said: “Over time, the Laws of the Game have evolved in a direction where, in order to be penalized for being offside without touching the ball, you have to do one of four very specific things.

“The aim was to be consistent when applying, Rashford doesn’t exactly do any of those four things but you could argue he does.

“It definitely requires interpretation, there’s a certain element of subjectivity. On the day officers felt he did not intervene as defined by law.

“It was justifiable, I think the game told us there was an expectation that this situation should have resulted in an offside.

“We are here to serve the game, we are here to listen to the game. I think if that same circumstance happened again, you would probably see a result now.


“You can’t say that was a wrong decision… (but) it’s clear that if the exact same thing happened again, most people would expect it to be sidelined.”

However, Webb was willing to admit that VAR isn’t always right and should have acted recently to correct two wrong decisions.

He held up his hands and said fouls by Fabinho and Andy Carroll should result in VAR converting their yellow cards to red.

Webb added: “Certainly Fabinho’s was one that we actually publicly acknowledged should have led to a video review.

“The referee showed a yellow card, the VAR doesn’t feel it’s reached that threshold of a clear fault. We think that’s wrong, we think he should have interfered and reversed the decision.

“You can make a similar fall for the tackle by [Andy] Carroll versus Christian Eriksen, that wasn’t a great duel.” Refs boss Howard Webb delivers tough verdict on Rashford’s offside v Man City as he reveals TWO major decisions by VAR were wrong


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