The Premier League admit VAR got three penalty decisions wrong on Thursday night


The implementation of VAR in the Premier League this season hasn’t exactly gone smoothly.

Almost every week, we’ve seen goals being disallowed for a striker’s shoulder being in an 'offside' position or a goal ruled out for a ridiculous handball long before the goal was scored.

Fans have had nightmares about those dreaded dotted lines that the VAR use to determine if a player was offside as we’re sat waiting for about three minutes.

But on Thursday, VAR reached a new low in the Premier League.

During the three matches on Thursday evening, the league has admitted that VAR made not one, not two but THREE WRONG decisions.

How do you even make one wrong decision with the use of VAR? That’s the point of the technology - so that every single decision is correct.


Instead, there were three wrong penalty decisions in the three games.

Let’s take a look at them:

Harry Kane denied penalty

Tottenham weren’t given a penalty despite Josh King shoving Harry Kane in the back in the penalty area.

After the match, Mourinho said: “In the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And I say everybody, I mean everybody.”

But VAR referee, Michael Oliver, decided not to give it.

Incidentally, Oliver will be the ref for the north London derby on Sunday…

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty award

Fernandes and Man Utd were awarded a penalty after the Portuguese trod on Ezri Konsa's leg.

Despite United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer claiming it was actually a penalty, the Premier League told Match of the Day: “It was the wrong decision. It should have been overturned by VAR but wasn't and should actually have been a foul on Konsa."

Southampton’s penalty award

The Premier League also admitted Southampton shouldn’t have been awarded a spot-kick when James Ward-Prowse was ‘fouled’ by Andre Gomes.

Fortunately, Ward-Prowse subsequently missed the penalty.

"The performance of the referee was like my team, not so good," said Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti after the game.

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