SEEING RED: VAR back in spotlight after three ‘extraordinary’ calls… as Burnley and Leeds United get robbed as Southampton furious over ‘absolutely’ wrong call against champions Man City
- Three erroneous calls plagued Premier League action on Friday and Saturday
- Man City accidentally escaped a red card and penalty against Southampton
- Burnley was furious when Anthony Taylor overturned an obvious penalty against Arsenal
- Newcastle’s Joe Willock fouled Leeds’ Dan James in the unrated area
The referees’ use of the VAR has come under fire again after a series of ‘extraordinary’ calls have determined the fate of several Premier League matches.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl questioned the decision to withdraw a penalty for Southampton in their 0-0 draw with league champions Manchester City.
Gary Lineker said the official Jon Moss was “definitely” wrong in undoing the spot and a red card for Kyle Walker in the same incident.
Southampton were stunned when Jon Moss overturned their penalty against Manchester City
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Referee Anthony Taylor overturned his decision to award Burnley a penalty in similar circumstances during their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Taylor found goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s challenge on substitute Matej Vydra to be legitimate after watching it on the field screen.
Lineker insisted, however, that it was another instance where an umpire was asked to judge what was not an obvious and obvious foul, what should be the requirement.
Leeds United were furious that Mike Dean was not asked to judge Joe Willock’s challenge on Daniel James in the penalty area.
The Leeds attacker was rocked by the Newcastle signing, but the official waved through and VAR decided not to intervene. Gary Neville, who works for Sky Sports, described the challenge as a ‘stonewall penalty’. “If I were Leeds I would be really annoyed,” he said.
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The use of VAR in the Premier League has been relatively smooth this season after a tumultuous introduction in the previous campaign.
However, Lineker, the host of the Match of the Day, was stunned by the events when Adam Armstrong was knocked down in the City area of the Etihad Stadium.
“Extraordinary turnaround by the VAR,” he said. Walker concedes a penalty and is shown a red card. In double danger, the red was a foul, but reversing the penalty decision is bizarre.
“You could argue if it was a penalty, but after giving it, it certainly wasn’t a blatant mistake.
The double hazard rule in football says that a side cannot receive two penalties for the same incident unless an attempt has been made to play the ball. In other words, a penalty for Southampton should have been enough.
“Very similar turnaround from a penalty at Burnley,” added Lineker. ‘Vydra through, Ramsdale gets a light touch on the ball, but persistence knocks Vydra out. Again, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a violation. Therefore it is a questionable punishment, but not an obvious fault.’
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Hassenhuttl could have claimed a famous scalp over the champions if the penalty had been awarded. “We don’t feel it was a clearly wrong decision,” said the Southampton manager.
“If the umpire thinks it’s a clearly wrong decision, yes, then overrule. He did it. It is unfortunate for us and we have to accept it.
“I didn’t ask him about it because it doesn’t change anything, he did. That is it. We knew that if we wanted to win here we had to have the perfect game and tactically we had a near perfect game.
“But then you also need luck to get such a penalty from the referee and this was not perfect.”
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Chris Foy, Mail on Sunday columnist and former Premier League referee, said Moss’s appeal would divide opinion. “This is a decision that will divide opinion depending on who you support, but I think it’s the right decision.
Jon sees Kyle Walker and Adam Armstrong get caught up in the penalty area and thinks the City man has committed a foul. He awards the penalty and on the first viewing you can see why he came to that decision.
On a second look, Armstrong went under when the challenge happened and contacted Walker. Any contact by either man was normal contact.
“Jon recognized the error.”