VAR has made four mistakes so far through the Premier League season, referees’ chief Mike Riley has confessed.
The illustrations, including Fabian Schar’s equaliser to Newcastle against Leicester and Watford midfielder Youri Tielemans’ apparent stamp on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, were mentioned at Thursday’s meeting of Premier League shareholders.
The other two mistakes were the referee’s decision not to award Manchester City a punishment when Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva’s foot at the Bournemouth box and a decision to not give West Ham a penalty when Sebastien Haller was brought down from Norwich’s Tom Trybull.
Riley, the managing director of the elite refereeing human body, PGMOL Ltd, told Sky Sports News:”We’re learning as we move together and we are continuously improving.
“From the four game rounds, there have been some excellent examples where we’ve intervened.
“There have been incidents where VAR has suggested that the referee and we’ve a much better decision as a result.
“There were four episodes where VAR did not intervene and had they achieved, we’d get a better comprehension of the function VAR plays at the game.
“[The errors ] are all about the judgement of VAR and the process that we espouse.
“All these are examples were VAR may have experienced a benefit and intervened to help the referee daily.”
When pressed why those errors were created, Riley included:”A combination of factors. That’s the interesting thing as this project evolves, we’re always learning.
“We are trying to not interrupt the flow of the game but on these events, the conclusion should have been that it was a clear and obvious mistake.
“One of the very positive things about the initial four game rounds has been the caliber of on-field performances.
“All the referees have incorporated the things we will need to do with VAR in their refereeing whilst focusing on creating real-time decisions”