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Video assistant referee (VAR) has made four mistakes so far during this premier league season, told Mike Riley, the managing director of the elite refereeing body.
On Thursday, he discussed it on a meeting of Premier League shareholders.
Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans’ apparent stamp on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar’s equaliser for Newcastle against Watford were the errors that mainly focused on the meeting.
Rest of the errors were the referee’s decision not to award Manchester City a penalty when Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva’s foot in the Bournemouth box and a decision not to give West Ham a penalty when Sebastien Haller was brought down by Norwich’s Tom Trybull.
“We are learning as we go along and we are constantly improving”, said referees’ chief Mike Riley to the reporters.
“Out of the four match rounds, there have been some really good examples where we have intervened. There have been six incidents where VAR has advised the referee and we have got a better decision as a result.
“There were four incidents where VAR didn’t intervene and had they done; we would have a better understanding of the role VAR plays in the game. [The mistakes] are all about the judgement of VAR and the process that we adopt.
“These are examples where VAR could have had a benefit and intervened to help the referee on the day,” he added.
In this season, VAR has checked total 227 incidents including 6 On- field decisions changing and also took 10 decisions that should have been overturned.
While asking Mike about the reason of those mistakes he said to the reporters, “A combination of factors. That is the fascinating thing as this project evolves, we are constantly learning”.
“We are trying not to disrupt the flow of the game but on these occasions, the judgement should have been that it was a clear and obvious error,” he added.
He also said, “One of the really positive things about the first four match rounds has been the quality of on-field performances.
“All the referees have incorporated the things we need to do with VAR into their refereeing while still focusing on making real-time decisions.”
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