Premier League confirms wrong penalty decisions in all Thursday games

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Incorrect penalty decisions were made by the video assistant referee in all three of Thursday’s games, the Premier League has told BBC Match of the Day.

Bruno Fernandes won a spot-kick which he scored in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

James Ward-Prowse hit the bar after a disputed penalty as Southampton drew 1-1 with Everton.

And Tottenham should have had a penalty for a Joshua King shove on Harry Kane in 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.

The Premier League confirmed United and Southampton should not have been given penalties, but Tottenham should have been awarded one.

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, a Match of the Day pundit, said a former player should be involved to work alongside the VAR officials at Stockley Park.

“I think that would really help them, to understand the movements,” the former Australia international said.

“When a player falls to buy a penalty you can feel it. It must need a player there to give advice on what the player is doing.

“They’re there to make the big decisions and they can’t do it. It’s really disappointing.”

Fifa is taking over direct responsibility of VAR from football rulemakers IFAB and is expected to insist on greater consistency across more than 100 global leagues, on issues such as the use of pitchside monitors.

There has been confusion in the Premier League, with referees’ chief Mike Riley limiting the use of monitors to not slow the game down.

Tottenham were not given a penalty for this Joshua King shove on Harry Kane

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said “everyone in the world” thought his side should have had a penalty, apart from video assistant referee Michael Oliver.

King pushed Kane in the back as he defended a cross but referee Paul Tierney did not award a penalty and Oliver chose not to intervene.

Oliver, who will referee Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal, was also the VAR official when Kane had a goal ruled out in Spur’s 3-1 defeat by Sheffield United last week.

“The game had the most important moment – you know when, you know who,” said the Spurs boss.

Mourinho told BBC MOTD he feels “powerful people do not like to be criticised”.

Asked to clarify who he was referring to, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “The same referee that was the VAR against Sheffield United.

In the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And I say everybody, I mean everybody.

“Like Sheffield, the man of the match was not one of the players. But at Sheffield I could blame myself and the players, today I could not do that.”

 

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