On Saturday, both Arsenal and Brighton were victims of VAR errors. PGMOL revealed that Howard Webb contacted both clubs to acknowledge the errors.
According to the PGMOL, Premier League referee chief Howard Webb has contacted Arsenal and Brighton to “acknowledge significant errors in the VAR process” following two incorrect offside decisions on Saturday.
The controversial decisions left both Arsenal and Brighton angry, with Brentford’s equalizer at the Emirates incorrectly allowed to stand and Pervis Estupinan’s opener at Crystal Palace incorrectly chalked off.
Lee Mason, who was in charge of VAR for Arsenal’s game, had forgotten to draw the lines to determine whether Christian Norgaard was in an offside position when he crossed for Ivan Toney.
Brighton’s first-half effort in their 1-1 tie was ruled out due to the lines being drawn by the incorrect defender.
‘Both incidents, which were caused by human error and were related to offside analysis, are being thoroughly reviewed.’
The acknowledgement comes after both clubs were enraged by the decisions, which could have far-reaching consequences for their respective ambitions this season.
In response to the decision to allow the goal to stand, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated that “principles” of defending must change when “rules” change.
He claimed that his team defended in such a way that the offside law was not correctly applied by the referees.
‘I just looked back and it’s offside,’ Mikel Arteta said. ‘They will most likely provide an explanation later in the week, but we haven’t received one as of yet.
‘When defending, you must apply certain principles, which you do by adhering to the rules. ‘All of a sudden, the rules change, and you have to change your principles.’
Meanwhile, Brighton announced on Sunday morning that they had received an apology from the refereeing body, which they accepted.
‘As PGMOL confirmed last night, a serious error was made in disallowing Pervis Estupinan’s goal at Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon,’ the club said.
‘The lines drawn in the VAR room to determine whether Pervis was offside were incorrect, and the goal should have stood.
‘While the club is deeply disappointed by the error, it has accepted PGMOL’s apology and will make no further comment.’
PGMOL’s statement comes after an outcry from both supporters and pundits who questioned various decisions made following another Saturday of VAR controversy.
On social media on Sunday, Ian Wright questioned what the ‘consequences’ might be for Arsenal, Brighton, and Chelsea, who all felt they were victims of poor refereeing decisions.