This is the latest Everton news with yet another blow for the evertonians as VAR flaws exposed in the loss to Brenford.
Main Talking point from Adam Jones following the 3-2 Premier League defeat at Goodison Park to Brentford.
Make no mistake, this match rested on one decision. A decision that went tragically wrong and might have far-reaching consequences for Everton’s Premier League survival.
To be honest, you can speak all you want about Brentford’s goals at Goodison Park being the result of defensive blunders. To keep the ball out of the net, the Blues may have done differently in each instance.
They were only on the back foot because they had been down to 10 soldiers. This is also an undeniable reality about the loss.
Jarrad Branthwaite deserved his marching orders in terms of the challenge itself. He’s unfortunate, but he’s the final guy, and with Ivan Toney close behind him, a tangle of legs could only ever go one way.
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Everton Suffered another worst decision this season as pathetic VAR flaw exposed
That, though, is not where Evertonians’ skepticism resides. It happened only a few seconds before the coming together at the opposite end of the pitch, which enraged the audience.
Those driving home from Goodison Park will almost certainly flip on their phones and see the screengrab we’ve all seen. Of course, they would have seen it at the time, but the incident’s TV perspectives are incriminating for Michael Oliver.
Richarlison nearly gets his shirt torn off his back by Kristoffer Ajer as a pass is lofted to the back post while the referee stands only yards away observing. After witnessing it, the official concluded that no more action should be taken.
That pretty much tops the list of absurd judgments made against the Blues this season. It’s right up there with Rodri’s handball against Manchester City.
Everyone in the stadium believed it was a clear penalty, and when Branthwaite was subsequently sent off, VAR was expected to review the incident.
Despite no sign in the stadium, something did really happen – but the explanation is bordering on the absurd.
The foul did not fulfill the standards for a “clear and apparent” mistake, according to the officials. The opinion is that if Oliver had pointed to the spot, the judgment would not have been reversed by VAR.
That was a key decision in Everton’s struggle against relegation, and it was handled carelessly by a VAR system that has repeatedly demonstrated its woeful flaws.
Why is there such a gray area? How can a decision be made in which the VAR does not intervene, regardless of the on-field official’s decision?
Perhaps it wouldn’t have stuck in the memory as much if Mason Holgate hadn’t been called for a foul for an almost identical situation a few seconds later at the other end of the pitch. Officials in this country plainly do not care about the phrase “consistency.”
Evertonians can generate as much atmosphere as they want, and they did it again on Sunday evening with some fantastic sights outside the stadium.
But, what are they to do when their team is impeded by such lousy refereeing, complete with a perplexing explanation?
They committed mistakes later in the game, but they should never have been in that situation in the first place.
They were in total control and should have been 2-0 up, never mind being down to 10 men and facing a tough struggle to hold on to their slim lead.
That five seconds may have been pivotal in the relegation battle. Once again, it went against Everton.
If these decisions truly balance themselves out over the course of the season, then buckle up. The Blues must be on the verge of receiving a slew of favorable decisions.
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