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Referees 'given new VAR instruction' after chaos in opening weeks of Premier League


Premier League referees are being told to not check pitch-side monitors to check decisions as it is thought it will slow down the pace of the game too much

So far this season there has not been a case of a referee going to the touchline to have a look at an incident in the Premier League, something which became commonplace in the Champions League and Europa League last season.

And the organisation PGMOB (Professional Game Match Officials Board) are reportedly insisting they would rather see minimum interference and referees letting the game flow than the technology being used too much.

There was some surprise that Tottenham did not win a penalty against Newcastle

There were two controversial decisions at the weekend which were not overturned by VAR.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane appeared to be brought down in the box by Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles but referee Mike Dean did not overturn his decision to play on despite replays appearing to suggest it was a clear penalty.

Elsewhere Manchester City also thought they had a clear shout for a penalty ignored when Jefferson Lerma of Bournemouth appeared to foul David Silva in the box, with referee Andre Marriner again allowing play to go on.

Referees checking the monitors has been criticised in the past, with some decisions taking up to several minutes to make.

Former referee Mark Clattenburg said in the case of Marriner he could not believe he did not go to take a look at the incident on the monitor.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was furious with the decision by referee Mike Dean

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Speaking to the Daily Mail Clattenburg said: “The main concern is that the referee on the pitch is not offered another chance to see subjective incidents.

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“I raised this a while back. The reason they do not want this is because they fear it will slow the game down.”

There has certainly been no end to discussion about VAR all season, and it does not appear to be stopping any time soon.





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