If you thought the introduction in VAR in the Premier League would mean we would no longer be talking about refereeing decisions, you were very much mistaken.
If anything, we’re talking about decisions even more this season.
Just take this weekend, for example.
On Saturday, Dele Alli’s goal was allowed to stand despite an apparent handball while Kevin de Bruyne and Gerard Deulofeu were somehow denied penalties.
That’s not to mention Burnley and Aston Villa’s disallowed goals and Wolves being given a controversial penalty.
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But the highest profile incident involving VAR this weekend came during Manchester United vs Liverpool.
Divock Origi went down after a challenge from behind from Victor Lindelof and, seconds later, Marcus Rashford had the ball in the back of the net.
Replays showed Lindelof caught Origi on the calf but VAR failed to overturn referee Martin Atkinson’s decision.
In truth, it was a dramatic fall from Origi and fans have even pointed out that the Belgian clutched the wrong leg in pain as he attempted to win a free-kick.
Of course, that shouldn’t impact the ref's decision but it shows that the striker perhaps wasn’t as hurt as he made out.
The PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) has now confirmed that VAR spotted the contact on Origi but did not consider it enough to warrant a foul being awarded to Liverpool.
"Firstly, the on-field referee didn’t think it was a foul and VAR checked/decided that it wasn’t a clear and obvious error to not award the foul," the PGMOL told Sky Sports. "Secondly, VAR isn’t re-refereeing matches, there is contact but VAR was comfortable it wasn’t enough to disallow the goal."
However, Jurgen Klopp questioned the process of VAR.
This season, we’ve seen VAR reluctant to overturn the original decision and the Liverpool boss thinks it’s becoming a major problem.
“This is an issue we have to discuss,” said Klopp. “The process [allows] the ref to make the decision or not because they have VAR.
"The ref thinks: ‘Let it run – we have VAR.’ But then VAR says it can’t be overruled because it was not clear. How can he say it’s not a foul? I was 100% sure.
"I said, ‘Wow.’ I was not angry, I was surprised. I think everyone can agree it was a foul but with VAR it is not a clear foul. That is the situation."News Now - Sport News