Fans rage over Premier League VAR calls with ‘meaningless gesture’ slammed
Fans have been left fuming over the Premier League's decision review the use of VAR during Saturday's matches.
The decision has been labelled a "meaningless gesture" after the BBC reported that the Premier League is seeking discussions with the PGMOL as a matter of priority. It is understood that they plan to review Saturday's controversial VAR decisions at Chelsea and Newcastle United, which have seen its application come under intense criticism.
Supporters of the club's affected by the decisions are unconvinced by the Premier League's response, though, and have taken to social media to voice their dissatisfaction with the news.
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One angry fan tweeted: “Sorry doesn’t get us our point back. Meaningless gesture that makes up for nothing…” Another added: “This is just posturing lol. Nothing will change as a result of this, they just got to be seen caring.”
A third fan also wrote: “Bit late now though, isn't it? Not gonna retrospectively change the score lines are they?” Meanwhile, another responded: “They can review all they want because nothing will change. Conclusions to the meeting will remain private, referees decisions concealed at the points lost due to the poor officiating remain.”
Visitors West Ham United were denied a stoppage time equaliser against Chelsea after a VAR review ruled out Maxwel Cornet's late strike.
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On-pitch referee Andy Madley had awarded the goal before ruling it out following a review due to an alleged foul by Jarred Bowen on Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, a decision Hammers boss David Moyes described as "scandalous".
Meanwhile, at St. James' Park, Newcastle thought they had taken the lead against Crystal Palace thanks to a Tyrick Mitchell own goal.
However, VAR advised referee Michael Salisbury to disallow the goal due to a foul by Joe Willock on Vicente Guaita in the build-up, although Newcastle felt the midfielder had been pushed into the Palace keeper by Mitchell.
As a result, the Premier League now plan to review the implementation of VAR and the subsequent decisions in the two matches in question.
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