The main talking point from the thrilling Premier League games on Saturday was VAR.
The technology, which many fans still find repulsive, was used to several questionable decisions.
It was an extraordinarily harsh decision, and Newcastle also had a goal in their game against Crystal Palace cheaply disallowed for what appeared to be a foul by Joe Willock.
Yeah, it certainly wasn’t a good day for VAR, and Leeds supporters weren’t particularly pleased with its application during their 5-2 loss at Brentford on the road either.
As a result of Luis Sinisterra’s challenge on hat-trick hero Ivan Toney inside the penalty area during the first half, the home team was given a penalty.
The referee didn’t initially give it as a foul, but was asked to go check the pitchside monitor and he eventually overturned his decision.
You can see why people in the Leeds contingent are upset because it was quite soft.
They were even more incensed when the visiting team was later refused a penalty of their own for what seemed to be a far more obvious foul on Crysencio Summerville.
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Should Leeds have gotten a penalty against Brentford?
You have to feel bad for Leeds there, I agree. Even if Jesse Marsch’s team had a terrible day, the VAR fiasco in the match did at least open the door for a really great video.
One Leeds supporter was seen flashing what looked to be money in the referee’s way as he checked the monitor to confirm that Toney had been upended in the box by Sinisterra.
View the incident’s video as it was recorded from the stands…
Video: A Leeds supporter seemingly offered the referee money
Well, that doesn’t happen in every game, I assure you! What would have happened if the referee had pocketed the cash?
Marsch, who was really sent off during the dramatic encounter at Brentford, said that the use of VAR was disrespectful to him.
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In the interview that followed the game, he stated: “I was conversing with the fourth official, trying to be as courteous as I could. It’s the respect even when a punishment is meted out that I probably didn’t consider to be a punishment, and you don’t see it returned. In the end, the absence of a VAR visit is disrespectful.
Even though I didn’t see the penalty that Brentford received immediately away, I maintained my composure. However, in my experience, when anything is described as “clear and obvious” but requires that much time to observe and consider, it isn’t.
“When I first watched it at halftime, I didn’t think there had been a penalty, and if there had, it was a really light one. That decision did not represent that to me because the league and referee committee both informed me about the impending increase in the penalty threshold at our managers’ meeting prior to the start of the season.
“Then, there’s an incident where I believe Summerville is actually more of a flagrant foul, and it doesn’t even get looked at for VAR. I’m obviously not happy with that. To better understand how some choices are made, I need to find out how to talk to the league or the referees.