Prem refs' chief admits to four big errors by VAR

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 13, 2019

Referees bosses have admitted to Premier League chairman that there have been four VAR blunders so far this season. It has been a roller coaster, with some right and wrong decisions by the assistant inside the video room.

PGMOL chief Mike Riley has revealed that it has happened on four occasions from four game weeks till now.

"There have been six incidents where VAR has advised the referee and we have got a better decision as a result. We think we should have changed 10 in total", Riley told Sky Sports News on Thursday.

Addressing a meeting of club representatives, Riley also singled out two errors when he accepted that the "high bar" for intervening was crossed and penalties should respectively have been awarded to Manchester City's David Silva and West Ham United's Sebastien Haller in their games against Bournemouth and Norwich City.

While the view is that video replays have been beneficial so is understood that in future there will be interventions from the VAR HQ at Stockley Park should similar incidents take place.

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"Out of the four match rounds, there have been some really good examples where we have intervened".

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

"These are examples were VAR could have had a benefit and intervened to help the referee on the day". That is the fascinating thing as this project evolves, we are constantly learning.

VAR's guidelines state that the technology should only be used to overturn a decision if the on-pitch referee has made a clear and obvious error.

"All the referees have incorporated the things we need to do with VAR into their refereeing while still focusing on making real-time decisions".

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