Former referee says VAR decisions in Premier League were wrong

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said that Tottenham Hotspur should have awarded a penalty in the match against Bournemouth.

Tottenham Hotspur was denied a penalty by VAR decision after Harry Kane was fouled by Bournemouth's Joshua King.   -  getty images

A former referee who is assigned to provide guidance to the media on video reviews in the Premier League said that the technology got it mostly wrong during the Thursday matches.

Dermot Gallagher said in his Ref Watch column for Sky Sports that Manchester United and Southampton should not have been awarded penalties, and that Tottenham should have been given one.

Bruno Fernandes scored the opening goal in United’s 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa. The referee had ruled that Ezri Konsa fouled Fernandes and a VAR review confirmed the ruling.

Gallagher wrote that Fernandes actually commits a foul himself and it should not have been a penalty. Tottenham wanted a penalty in the first half of its 0-0 draw with Bournemouth when Harry Kane appeared to be pushed inside the box. A VAR review confirmed the no-call.

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“I think he is pushed in the back and he is also clipped on the heel and I think it is a penalty myself,” wrote Gallagher, who added that VAR was correct to rule out Bournemouth’s 90th-minute goal for handball.

Gallagher also wrote that Southampton should not have been awarded a penalty in its 1-1 draw with Everton which James Ward-Prowse hit the crossbar from the spot.

Gallagher, a retired Premier League referee, said Ward-Prowse initiated the contact with Andre Gomes, and if anything, it should have been a free kick for Everton.

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