VAR incorrectly fails to overturn four decisions in Premier League this season

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2019

VAR has made four mistakes so far during the Premier League season, referees' chief Mike Riley has admitted.

The new implementation of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came as a sweetener to the fans, but it has been quite the opposite in the early stages of the Premier League.

Riley explained that the technology should have been used to award reigning champions Manchester City a penalty in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth and give a spot-kick to West Ham United in their 2-0 victory at home to Norwich City.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "We are learning as we go along and we are constantly improving".

"If you look at the four match rounds, 227 incidents have been checked".

"There have been six incidents where VAR has advised the referee and we have got a better decision as a result".

"What we've talked about this morning is the four instances where actually the VAR didn't intervene, and had we done I think it would have been a better understanding of the role the VAR plays in the game".

"[The mistakes] are all about the judgement of VAR and the process that we adopt".

VAR was not able to intervene and award Aston Villa a goal at Crystal Palace as referee Kevin Friend had already blown his whistle for a dive by Jack Grealish before the ball crossed the line, and as such play was already dead. That is the fascinating thing as this project evolves, we are constantly learning.

Riley added that while the Premier League wants to ensure a "high bar so that we don't disrupt the flow of the game", there was a "clear and obvious error" in each of the cases.

"One of the really positive things about the first four match rounds has been the quality of on-field performances".

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