Matchweek 24 of the Premier League saw many referee and VAR mistakes with big implications for many teams.
Brentford’s equaliser against top-of-league Arsenal came with a number of controversial decisions, a possible foul and two possible offsides. Ethan Pinnock potentially fouled Gabriel during the free-kick routine, though there wasn’t enough contact for it to be deemed a foul. Pinnock was also involved in one of the offside decisions as he could’ve been deemed as an offside play as his ‘foul’ on Gabriel may have prevented the defender from closing down the eventual goal scorer Ivan Toney. Christian Norgaard also could’ve been deemed offside after he tracked back from an offside position.
The first offside decision against Pinnock took two minutes and 20 seconds to judge and the second decision against a player who directly influenced the goal took only 14 seconds, with PGMOL failing to even draw the lines. After consideration, Norgaard was considered in front of Ben White, therefore making the Brentford goal void.
Another example of a VAR mistake in the Premier League this weekend came in the game between Crystal Palace and Brighton. In the 32nd minute of the clash at Selhurst Park, Pervis Estupinan scored for Brighton, but the goal was then reviewed by VAR and disallowed. However, the Ecudorian’s goal would’ve stood had VAR drawn the offside lines correctly. VAR drew the offside lines on James Tomkins rather than Marc Guehi.
The last egregious mistake from VAR this weekend came at the London Stadium in the game between West Ham and Chelsea. In the late stages of the game, Conor Gallagher took a shot that was deflected behind by Tomas Soucek, who clearly used his arm. In a very short VAR check, the referees stated that Soucek was using his arm to “support his body”, despite him diving to block the shot and using his arm to make his body bigger. No penalty was awarded.
Despite the howler of a weekend, which saw apologies from PGMOL themselves, are the Premier League VAR’s biggest victims?
Here is what experienced former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg said about officials and the use of VAR on the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast brought to you via William Hill. To watch the full episode click here!