VAR OFFICIALS SHOULD CONFRONT ON-FIELD REFEREES FURTHER

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Those appointed as Video Assistant Referees have been requested to be extra down to business and VAR officials should confront on-field Referees further
following a chain of contentious verdicts.

This includes when Wolves'Hwang Hee-chan was wrongly punished for a foul on Newcastle's Fabian Schar in their 2-2 draw.

The Premier League refereeing chief Howard Webb said VAR should have intruded.

We are requesting VARsto review it and if they don't like the conclusion, put to the referee what
they saw, said Webb.

Amid the game at 1-1in first-half stoppage time, on-field referee Anthony Taylor gave a spot-kick
when Hwang confronted Schar for the ball in the Wolves area, but the Newcastle
man showed to put the boot in the turf and seemed to by now be on his way down
prior to any contact.

In attendance was a long VAR check but Taylor's on-field conclusion was upheld, and Callum Wilson put
Newcastle ahead.

Wolves manager Gary O'Neil tagged the conclusion outrageous at the end of the game.

O'Neil has been a constant opponent of refereeing and VAR this season, with many major conclusions having been
given against his side, including a penalty not given to Wolves away at Old
Trafford against Manchester United, and one erroneously awarded to Sheffield
United in their last-minute victory over the Wolverhampton team.

Talking on MatchOfficials Mic'd Up, a Premier League Productions program that reviews VAR verdicts
In the last months, Webb accepted there had been a mistake and exposed video
officials are now being advised to confront on-field referees for more thorough
analysis when a conclusion is arguable.

VAR shouldn't re-referee the game and be kept for obvious circumstances when mistakes happen
on the field. In this circumstance we see Hwang does not play the ball, it is
played on to him by Schar and next there is contact between the players said
Webb, head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the group that
presides all Premier League matches.

However what the referee has seen in real time is Hwang carry that leg all the way through and
make contact with Schar. If we see the replay, Hwang pulls his move back and
forth a little bit, Schar brings his foot in the course of and there's contact.

We think this get to the threshold for it being a clear and noticeable error, even though there is
contact.

We are requesting theVARs going onward with our messages to check it, see where the reflections meet
and if they don't like the pronouncement on the field, ask the referee what
they saw. And if it is notably dissimilar to what is being revealed on the
video then advise an appraisal so the referee can come to the screen and look
at it over for himself, the preliminary point where the VAR thinks there has
been a obvious mistake.

In this circumstance this VAR didn't fairly get there and in our opinion should have done.

Previously in the plan, the complete audio from the VAR team was played for the build-up to Anthony
Gordon's winning goal for Newcastle against Arsenal.

Joe Willock tried to keep a wayward shot from Jacob Murphy in play close to the corner flag before making
himself stable and wavering in a cross. Joelinton beat Gabriel in the air
before knocking the ball down into the path of Gordon.

With goalkeeper David Raya off his line, Gordon smashed into the net from close range, with Arsenal
players demanding for offside. VAR verified all three of those episodes leading
to a delay to play resuming of around four minutes, before giving the goal.

The VAR educated on-field referee Stuart Attwell there was no conclusive proof that that ball is
out before Willock crossed it in, and that I don't see a specific foul on
Gabriel – said the VAR team.

I observed two hands on his back but I don't observe anything of a push that merits him (Gabriel)
flying forward like that, he said.

The possible offside against Gordon was not awarded because you don't know the position of the ball when watching the replays, so you've got no decisive proof of Gordon being ahead of
the ball – said the VAR team.

Webb supported the choice of Attwell and the VAR team, and the method by which they reached it.

This was an extraordinary instant with three aspects for the VAR to check, he said

The VAR chooses that the evidence from the footage isn't clear enough to intervene with a review for
a clear error for the ball going out of play.

Attempting to spot when the ball leaves Joelinton is hard to set up as the players were so close
together, so again no decisive evidence Gordon was offside.

The VAR went through that carefully and recognized no clear evidence to mediate so the process was correct.

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Outstanding procedure

The other conclusions appraised on Mic'd Up were Scott McTominay's not permitted goal for Manchester United away at Fulham - ruled out as team-mate Harry Maguire had hindered with play
from an offside position - and the red card given to Cristian Romero for
Tottenham in their home loss against Chelsea.

Webb congratulated assistant VAR Sian Massey-Ellis for marking that Maguire was offside when he tried to make contact with the free-kick from which McTominay eventually scored. Regardless
of not making contact with the ball, Maguire had been active enough to make
sure the goal was barred.

What we see Harry Maguire do is try to play the ball, confront the opposing player, and force his
ability to play the ball, said Webb. But it needs a ruling so the VAR will ask
the referee to go to the screen to make that one-sided judgement.

He also explained the choice to send off Romero as being a brilliant process, even with taking several minutes as VAR also determined whether Moises Caicedo's goal, straight away
prior to the defender's foul on Enzo Fernandez, should be prohibited for an
offside by Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Jackson.

I know the check took some time but the VAR had to go through the process carefully and institute
whether Jackson was in an offside position, and if he was, have a look at what occurred
just before that with Romero going in on Enzo, which is eventually what the
penalty and red card were given for - Webb said.

Some Tottenham fans within the ground were unhappy that Romero was dismissed in spite of making contact with the ball before Enzo, though Webb discharged this dispute as the tackle
itself was risky.

Playing the ball itself does not allow you to follow through in this way, he said.

We don't usually see contacts like this after ball has been played for a reason, and that's because
players take care to avoid this sort of occurrence.

This obviously puts atrisk the safety of Enzo with extreme force. We see in full speed and slow
motion that it is a red card so is a first-class interference.