Howard Webb has come clean. The PGMOL chief has admitted that referee Chris Kavanagh got it wrong and Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty against Arsenal last month. Of even more concern and annoyance is that, once again, VAR missed the decision too.
Audio revealed while Kavanagh was instantly dismissive of the claim by pointing out Odegaard had slipped, Video Assistant Referee official David Coote, situated at Stockley Park, was quick to make the same call.
PGMOL chief Howard Webb talks through VAR's decision to not award Liverpool a penalty for a possible handball against Arsenal's Martin Odegaard 👇 pic.twitter.com/xAOm6o4xLM
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The match at Anfield ended 1-1 but it is those kinds of decisions that VAR was brought in to get right, not the opposite.
After Septembers debacle at Tottenham, this is now happening far too often and Liverpool fans are rightly pointing out that they appear to be on the end of more than their fair share of bad calls.
With the Premier League now being so close, the title may well be decided by one or two points. If that’s the case and Liverpool miss out, then legal action must surely be considered.
Something needs to be done about VAR before the beautiful game becomes tarnished.