Premier League clubs ‘compiling lists’ of VAR decisions ahead of more complaints

Premier League clubs are reportedly compiling lists of wretched VAR decisions with several clubs expected to follow Newcastle United by lodging formal complaints.

The Magpies, whose only defeat of the season came via Liverpool's 98th-minute winner, were once again left fuming at a dismal refereeing decision when Tyrick Mitchell's second-half own goal was chalked off for a foul in the build-up. Joe Willock was adjudged by referee Michael Salisbury to have fouled Vicente Guaita by barging into his midriff, but replays showed Willock had actually been pushed into the Crystal Palace 'keeper by Mitchell.

Even more bizarrely, VAR official Lee Mason opted not to show Salisbury the decisive angle which confirmed Willock's innocence, leaving Magpies manager Eddie Howe seething at the full-time whistle.

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"I didn’t think it should have been disallowed, said Howe after the stalemate at Selhurst Park. He added: "If anything, it’s a penalty if it’s not a goal. I was very surprised by the outcome. I think they [the officials] were swayed by the fact, and this is just my opinion, that the goalkeeper stayed down. I think that ultimately led to the goal being disallowed."

According to the Daily Mail, top-flight clubs are so aggrieved with the poor officiating that they've started compiling lists with Newcastle's amongst the longest.

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Apart from Mitchell's disallowed own goal and Liverpool's 98th-minute winner, when only five minutes of additional time were indicated, the northeast side also feel disgruntled by two penalty decisions that weren't given, against Wolves and Manchester City.

Howe wasn't the only manager fuming with VAR last weekend. West Ham boss David Moyes was left outraged by Jarred Gillett's interference with Maxwell Cornet's late equaliser at Stamford Bridge. The Ivorian's debut goal for the Hammers was ruled out due to a supposed incident involving Edouard Mendy.

The Chelsea shot-stopper stayed down after minimal contact with Jarrod Bowen, allowing Cornet to smash the ball home, but the goal was disallowed upon review. The referee's body PGMOL has since stated officials were wrong to chalk off the late equaliser.


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