Tuesday, May 17

Premier League Admits VAR Three games, Three Wrong Decisions On Thursday

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Frankie Omokhua

The Premier League admits the three VAR calls made on Thursday were incorrect, casting further doubt over the effectiveness of the controversial technology.

Manchester United and Southampton were awarded contentious penalties during their top flight clashes – with Bruno Fernandes netting for the top four chasers and James Ward-Prowse cracking his effort against the woodwork.

And Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, was understandably left incensed after his side was denied a seemingly blatant spot-kick when Bournemouth star, Joshua King, had bundled over Harry Kane. 

The drama began on the south coast with relegation strugglers, Bournemouth, who were handed a reprieve after King’s apparent shove on Kane inside the home side’s penalty area. 

Mourinho was visibly angered on the touchline after replays showed the coming together merited a spot-kick, and Tottenham were even forced to settle for a goalless draw which dented their hopes of securing European football.

The other game contested early on Thursday evening was at Goodison Park and Southampton was given another divisive opportunity to break the deadlock from 12 yards. 

Midfielder Ward-Prowse fell into the upright Andre Gomes, and that coming together was deemed to be a penalty. But justice was served after the same Southampton star directed his strike against the crossbar, although once again Premier League chiefs were left red-faced.

Fernandes made no mistake at Villa Park, however, after tangling with Ezri Konsa. The home side’s defender was harshly judged to have swept out the Portuguese playmaker’s legs from underneath him, despite also being trodden on, and VAR stuck with the on-field decision.

The United superstar coolly sent Pepe Reina the wrong way, before further goals from Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba plunged Dean Smith’s team into further trouble.

Even Old Trafford great Peter Schmeichel, who also played for Villa, believed the wrong call had been made.

The ongoing storm surrounding the video officiating led Mourinho to insist that ‘everyone in the world’ knew Tottenham should have been given a penalty at Bournemouth.

“The game had the most important moment – you know when, you know who – and I don’t want to say anything more in relation to that because everyone knows and I don’t need to say much more. Everybody knows”.

“The same referee that was the VAR against Sheffield United. In the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And I say everybody, I mean everybody. It’s not just my opinion, everyone in the world; everybody knows that is a penalty. And when I say everybody, I say everybody, everybody”.

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