Clubs can have no complaints about the technology used for VAR offside calls as they signed up to that process, says Dermot Gallagher.
The former Premier League referee returns with Ref Watch to have his say on some of the biggest incidents of the weekend, including various VAR incidents, plus, speaking on his podcast, Gary Neville chips in with some insight.
Goals that were overturned for Tottenham and Chelsea are looked at with Gallagher giving his views…
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DERMOT SAYS: Mount was clearly offside. The view of the VAR was that Liverpool never had a chance to defend that situation. Chelsea had six players touch the ball while Liverpool’s two touches were accidental touches. The VAR has to decide whether Liverpool had a chance to defend and he chose ‘no’.
GARY NEVILLE SAYS: The part of VAR I’m most comfortable with is offside. The point when the ball is kicked the VAR get it to the closest frame they can and then the lines are brought down, very meticulously. These calls are marginal but they are consistent with the technology. I get the frame-by-frame could make a difference but that isn’t the issue, the issue is that the same technology is being applied each time. So they are consistent. We’ve been crying out for this consistency for years and we’ve now got it. I’m really comfortable with it.
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DERMOT SAYS: He’s late, he’s come at distance with intensity. It ticks a lot of boxes for a red card. The VAR can step in but they supported the referee as they thought it was within the yellow card boundary.
Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth and Burnley 2-0 Norwich
INCIDENT: At St Mary’s, having just conceded a penalty for Steve Cook fouling Che Adams, Bournemouth are then denied a spot-kick for a similar challenge by Cedric Soares on Josh King. VAR takes a look but goes with the on-field decision. The next day at Turf Moor, Ben Godrey seems to catch Ashley Barnes with a late challenge just inside the area. Replays show there is contact but VAR doesn’t step up.
DERMOT’S VERDICT: Tough one in the Southampton game, but should have been a penalty for Burnley.
DERMOT SAYS: On both decisions, it comes back to the threshold. VAR doesn’t believe those two incidents met the threshold in order to overturn.
GARY NEVILLE SAYS: I do have an issue with the bar in terms of overturning decisions. I think the Josh King one is a penalty. If it had been given it wouldn’t have been overturned the other way either. It frustrates me, but they are being consistent with it. What I would say the VAR and the officials are applying it really well.