Mike Riley confirms VAR made four incorrect decisions before international break

VAR has been the subject of much debate in the Premier League

The 2019/20 Premier League season may very well be remembered as the 'VAR season'.

That's because during the first campaign with the technology in use, VAR has been pretty much dominating the headlines since week one.

Questionable decisions, unnecessary delays and more has made it a very unwelcome start for VAR in the most watched league in the world.

Premier League referees' boss Mike Riley has been been heavily criticised and he won't have made himself anymore popular after revealing that the technology intervened incorrectly on four occasions before the international break.

Below, we've provided the four decisions incorrect decisions implemented by VAR.

Brighton awarded a penalty vs Everton - Oct 26

In the 77th minute of the game between the Seagulls and the Toffees, VAR intervened to give Brighton a penalty after Michael Keane 'tripped' Aaron Connolly.

A penalty should not have been awarded, with Neal Maupay scoring the spot kick to make it 2-2. Brighton went on to score late winner to secure a 3-2 victory.

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Manchester United awarded a penalty vs Norwich - Oct 27

VAR stepped in once again to hand the Red Devils a penalty after Ben Godfrey allegedly pushed Daniel James in the box.

However, the United winger appeared to be falling on to Godfrey, but the incorrect decision was thankfully not punished by Marcus Rashford, as his penalty was saved by Tim Krul.

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Arsenal goal disallowed vs Crystal Palace - Oct 27

Possibly the most bizarre of al four. Sokratis thought he had scored the winning goal, but it was inexplicably disallowed for a 'foul' by Calum Chambers.

The replays appeared to suggest that it was Chambers who was actually fouled, but VAR stepped in to disallow the goal. Ridiculous stuff.

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Watford awarded a penalty vs Chelsea - Nov 2

When a penalty was awarded for a trip on Gerard Deulofeu by Jorginho, those watching were simply stunned.

Deulofeu fell over about two seconds to late and the on-pitch referee didn't award the spot kick at first. However, VAR struck once again, but Chelsea still went on to secure a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

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It's not going great, is it?

On the four incidents, Riley said, per BBC: "Part of the balance of understanding 'clear and obvious' [the terminology used to determine when an on-field error should be overturned] is that there will be times when we don't intervene and everyone thinks we should.

"But that is a better place to be than intervening and everyone saying 'you shouldn't have done that'.

"There are significant things we can do to improve, including better consistency in decision-making as VARs and the timings so we get minimum interference."

Major changes need to be made if we're to save the integrity of the 2019/20 season.

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