Following a hectic weekend for VAR Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher picks on the bones from the big decisions in the latest version of Ref Watch.
The Old Firm derby and also the north London derby equally took center stage over the weekend but that there was lots of controversy with three red cards straight out across the Premier League, one angry Norwich manager and a new argument brewing where the pub should lie ‘clear and obvious mistakes’.
Just how did Dermot watch it? Here is Sky Sports’ resident ref’s opinion…
INCIDENT: the goal of Henri Lansbury is ruled out as the referee’s whistle has already goneso that Jack Grealish can be booked for simulation. VAR doesn’t give a penalty.
VERDICT Grealish did not dive.
DERMOT SAYS:”VAR was utilized partly on this. You need to go backward on it. Can the referee blow the whistle until the ball was hit by Lansbury? He did, there’s no doubt. So there is no way the goal could be granted.
“You work backward, was it a penalty, did Gary Cahill make a foul? That is looked at by the VAR and says no. I think that they’re right, it wasn’t a filthy, which means you default back.
“If you like it or not, VAR could not do anything about that. Everything defaulted back into Kevin Friend.
“If the whistle hadn’t goneVAR would have assessed whether the target was valid, and also the referee might have said he believed that there wasn’t a simulation, so I’m likely to give that.
“They could check whether it’s a penalty, but they can’t test simulation. The referee made his choice there, it’s not the choice that I would have made but it was left by him.
“There’s three signs if we wait. Since the referee decided to make his choice when he hit on the ground, that is the only thing you can look at.
“The referee’s mindset is that he’s gone over too easily, that he’s trying to win a penalty. I believed it wasn’t a dip. I thought Cahill has made contact.”
INCIDENT: Harry Kane goes down under a challenge from Sokratis in the final moment from the Arsenal penalty area, against giving a spot-kick, however, VAR both and the referee decide.
VERDICT: Right telephone number.
DERMOT SAYS:”For me, definitely not a punishment. If you appear, he takes his ground steps across him sees Sokratis and moves right into him. He acquired this completely right, although I believed Martin Atkinson not only refereed a fantastic game in a manner.
“There’s contact , we do not not needing a lot of yellows when contact left but I think it’s not a punishment, that’s the crucial issue.”
INCIDENT: following having a VAR review he is given a card, although Youri Tielemans appears to stamp on Callum Wilson
VERDICT: Correctly handled dependent on just what the referee saw.
DERMOT SAYS:”It doesn’t hit the brink, the bar is set quite high. What shows it is a red card for me the first clip you watch, precisely exactly the angle that the referee seesit doesn’t look a card. During play it did not seem a red.
“I feel that the threshold has to be that everyone’s going to go,’yeah we are in that camp’.”
INCIDENT: Jonny Evans when the two players go in for a 50/50, the participant gives nothing is stood by Jefferson Lerma
VERDICT: card.
DERMOT SAYS:”The referee didn’t see it give a filthy. It’s certainly a yellowish, and a 2nd yellow when you notice it, however, the VAR can not intervene. The argument is, can it be a red card challenge? When you have a take a look at the Tielemans one and that’s not given as a red, it’d be quite difficult to provide a red for that.”
INCIDENT: Ahead Jordan Jones is sent for Rangers, Ryan Jack and Callum McGregor tackles on Boli Bolignoli and Scott Arfield, respectively. Neither is booked.
VERDICT: Right call.
DERMOT SAYS:”There’s some of them. It moves in hard from McGregor, and rather low. If he stops play he will provide a yellow card, the referee plays on, I think.
“With Jack, it is a yellow card at best. He has gone in tough. The two players are dedicated, it’s inevitable they’re likely to come. He even gets a little bit on the ball.”
INCIDENT: The ball appears to hit the hand minutes of Isaac Hayden before Fabian Schar scores to equalise for Newcastle, that goes unnoticed by VAR or the referee
VERDICT: Wrong call.
DERMOT SAYS:”It did not have picked up. Because they tried to help keep the game and get it done as soon as possible, whether that’s, I don’t understand.
“But what it will do, it’s about reflection and moving forward it’s going be – is it offside, is there a foul, can there be a handball – go through the checklist, and if it takes another 10 or 15 seconds then so be it.”
INCIDENT: Sebastien Haller not given penalty after contact at the Norwich box, the decision does not overturn
VERDICT Choice.
DERMOT SAYS:”I think ti’s a penalty. The ball is the clue, consider it and it moves off. It is about reflection, this week, the referees are fulfilling, it might be discussed that the VAR might have got involved.
“It is an ongoing process, we have stated it may take three years to iron out things. I said at the onset of the season that it will be a rough ride, perhaps that is just where they say it should have been ”
INCIDENTS: Sebastian Farke is abandoned angered when Haller challenge on the alleged elbow on Tom Trybull both of Andriy Yarmolenko and Christoph Zimmermann go unpunished
VERDICT: VAR wouldn’t overturn either choice.
DERMOT SAYS:”About the filthy, I think he may be wrong to imply it was not reviewed, it may happen to be looked at but since the game wasn’t stopped, it has looked at in drama. It’s low, it’s not dangerous or endangering his opponent. It’s certainly not a red card.
“It is rather tricky to say it is an elbow either. How fast it occurs and if it’s skimmed to his chest possibly but I wouldn’t call it nasty or malicious.”

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