The Premier League returned to our screens for match day 7 round of games and on Saturday six games were played, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton were all in action, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was also in action to help referees make better decisions and this week the technology was on point as it made three accurate decisions.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been fazed with criticisms since it began operations in the Premier League, the criticisms stem from the fact that VAR has been used to make dozens of Controversial decisions, but before the start of the new season numerous changes were made to the rules and laws guiding how VAR is used and these changes seems to have improved the decisions VAR makes.
The three decisions we will be reviewing today shows how VAR has improved this season, the first decision in view today is the Timo Werner goal that was cancelled because of a foul in the build up to the goal.
In Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Southampton, Timo Werner thought he has doubled Chelsea's lead when he scored in the 41st minute but a VAR review saw the goal disallowed for a foul committed by Cesar Azpilicueta in the build up to the goal.
The decision raised eyebrows from pundits and fans but it was the right decision, the laws clearly states that if a foul is committed in the build up to a goal, the goal will be cancelled because of the foul, so it doesn't matter if it was 18 seconds after the foul was committed, so long as there was a foul, the goal was rightly cancelled.
The second VAR decision in review today is Yerry Mina's goal that was cancelled for offside, Man United and Everton played out a 1-1 draw but the Toffees could have easily won that game if VAR had allowed an offside goal to stand, the Colombian footballer found the back of the net after receiving a low cross from a teammate but it was rightly cancelled for offside.
From the above photos from the incident we can see that Mina was clearly ahead of the ba when when his teammate made the pass, been ahead of the ball places him in an offside position, so VAR once again made the right call.
The third decision in view is the supposed penalty VAR denied Arsenal, Brighton and Arsenal played out a 0-0 at the Amex and late into the game Emile Smith Rowe went down in the Brighton box under a challenge from Shane Duffy, after a VAR review the incident was judged to not be a penalty.
There was contact from Shane Duffy on Emile Smith Rowe but the contact was not significant enough to warrant a penalty, coming into the 2021/22 season the Premier League announced that the benefit of the doubt will be given to defenders to help keep attackers who tend to simulate with the slightest of impact from defenders.
There was contact from Duffy but not enough for Smith Rowe to go down and certainly not enough to give Arsenal a penalty.
The three above decisions clearly shows how VAR has improved this season.
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