Premier League admit VAR made a MISTAKE in awarding Brighton a last-minute penalty against Everton last month… in result that piled the pressure on manager Marco Silva
- Brighton’s penalty against Everton was a VAR mistake, Premier League admitted
- It was a game that Everton went on to lose and it piled pressure on Marco Silva
- They became the first club to have a penalty awarded against them via VAR
The Premier League have admitted that Everton were the victims of a mistake by VAR in a game that has led to pressure mounting on Marco Silva.
Everton became the first club to have a penalty awarded against them, following the intervention of VAR, after the on-field referee Andy Madley deemed there to have been no foul. It came at Brighton last month, when Michael Keane accidentally trod on striker Aaron Connelly.
The decision had significant ramifications as Everton, who had been leading 2-1 with 10 minutes to go in a game they were controlling, ended up losing 3-2 and all momentum that had been gained the previous weekend, when beating West Ham 2-0, evaporated.
Brighton’s penalty against Everton – awarded by VAR – was a mistake say the Premier League
After reviewing the incident, it is understood Premier League officials communicated that the decision should not have been given.
It is not known whether Everton have received an apology from Mike Riley, the head of the PGMOL.
Silva, who has only overseen one win in the last six matches, is under scrutiny and Saturday’s game at Southampton has gained huge significance.
Neal Maupay stepped up and scored the controversial spot-kick before Brighton won the game
A defeat on the South Coast would make the international break fraught for the Portuguese, with out of work managers waiting in the wings.
David Moyes, who had 11 years in charge at Goodison Park, would be under consideration should major shareholder Farhad Moshiri decide to take action; Mark Hughes, who had a stint playing for Everton at the end of his career, would also be on the shortlist.
It has been a difficult time for Silva, who has lost his most important midfielder Andre Gomes and has yet to have his £25million signing Jean-Phillippe Gbamin available due to injury. He is determined to soldier on, though, and is not making any excuses.
‘It was so clear in the last three or four games and we are talking about it costing us five or six points,’ said Silva.
‘Where would we be with those points? I don’t have any doubts that we would be performing on a different level if we had those points.
Defeat to Southampton would ramp up pressure on Silva heading into the international break
‘Every team in the world plays with more confidence when it is higher up the table.
‘Now we are not in the position we want, I am not happy with the position we are in, but I know things would be completely different if football was fair with us.
‘We deserved more but it is done and I can change nothing. It was so clear and now we go into another must-win game – and every game is a must-win game for us – when we would have had more freedom and confidence had we been higher in the table.’