The view of Premier League chiefs on how VAR has been used so far this season isn’t likely to please fans of Manchester United and Leicester – or even Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Top-flight bosses are said to have been called in for a scheduled two-day meeting by PGMOL managing director Mike Riley at St George’s Park this week, looking back at the weekend’s decisions.
The two penalty claims of Cristiano Ronaldo were ruled out, the two Leicester goals that were disallowed, and the Burnley spot-kick that was overturned.
Dyche, Brendan Rodgers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Brendan Rodgers have all made statements about the decisions. Chiefs may not be giving them the updates they expected.
The Sun have reported that the new offside system and giving less fouls for light contract have ‘improved the decision-making process’ according to those that matter.
That’s despite admitting that Martin Atkinson might have made the wrong call in waving away claims for a penalty after Vladimir Coufal’s challenge on Ronaldo – they stick by their decision on Kurt Zouma’s slide.
There have been 15 overturned decisions in the Premier League’s first five weeks, a decrease of 21 from the same period in 2020/21.
There have been seven penalties handed out after VAR intervention and three of them have been overturned.
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Dyche said after Aaron Ramsdale’s initial foul in the box was overturned: “It’s not a major surprise with our penalty record, I must say the keeper does get a touch on it.
“I’ve seen it back, so in theory that doesn’t get given, you might question why, if it’s not a clear and obvious error, but it was obvious to go to the VAR screen.
“I was a bit confused how we don’t get a corner out of that either, maybe I don’t know the rule on those decisions getting turned over.”
With Solskjaer saying of Ronaldo’s claims: “Two [penalties United should’ve had] first and the last.
“I think they’re stonewall you can’t even argue them. The first is the one where the lad (Coufal), raises his leg, and Cristiano runs straight to the foul.
“The last one, Paul (Pogba) had a foul against Kurt Zouma went over him, so why is Cristiano third appeal not a penalty? Hopefully it won’t be Cristiano is never going to get a penalty.”