Lee Mason removed from the Premier League's group of VAR officials

Lee Mason is DROPPED from VAR duty for this week’s Premier League matches after his blatant error cost Newcastle a winner against Crystal Palace by ruling out Tyrick Mitchell’s own goal

  • Newcastle and West Ham had goals controversially ruled out at the weekend 
  • The PGMOL acknowledged mistakes had been made in both instances
  • Lee Mason has been removed from VAR duty for the next Premier League games 

Video Referee Lee Mason has not been selected for VAR duties in the next round of Premier League fixtures after Newcastle had a goal controversially disallowed against Crystal Palace.

The goal, which would have been a winner in the 0-0 draw, was initially given by on-field referee Michael Salisbury, but was later overturned after Mason recommended that he reviewed the incident on the VAR monitor.

The goal was then chalked off for a perceived foul by Joe Willock on Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in the build-up.

Lee Mason will not be one of the Premier League’s VAR officials for the next round of games

It comes after Newcastle had a goal controversially disallowed following a VAR check

Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley said she ‘hated’ the decision to overturn the goal. She told Tyneside Life. ‘I had a sleepless night, we should have won.

‘I hated the VAR decision. Obviously, that’s something we’re dealing with, and it seems to be a consistent theme of the last few games.

‘We are dealing with that, and we’re talking to officials, and trying to get something that we think will work going forward.’

The PGMOL accepted decisions to overturn goals for Newcastle and West Ham were wrong

The Professional Game Match Officials’ Board (PGMOL) admitted mistakes had been made in both the Newcastle game and Chelsea’s clash with West Ham, where Maxwel Cornet’s late would-be equaliser was ruled out after a VAR check.

A statement read: ‘PGMOL acknowledge the incidents to disallow the goals in the Chelsea v West Ham and Newcastle v Crystal Palace fixtures.

‘We will fully co-operate and collaborate with the Premier League and their request to review these two particular incidents, using the outcome as part of the ongoing assessment of weekly performances and the development of our match officials going forward.’

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