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New Premier League investigation reveals another incorrect VAR decision against Arsenal 

A new Premier League investigation has revealed yet another incorrect VAR decision that went against Arsenal

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Premier League Chief Football Officer Tony Scholes has confirmed that Arsenal were denied a penalty after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened, despite a penalty initially being awarded to the Gunners.

Arsenal came from behind to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in September, with goals from Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus after Marcus Rashford had given United the lead.

Despite the home side taking all three points in a dramatic fashion, the game wasn’t as smooth as the scoreline, with VAR intervening in a penalty awarded to Arsenal.

Antony Taylor had given a penalty for Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s foul on Kai Havertz, only for the penalty decision to be overturned because the VAR felt the contact was not sufficient to bring Havertz down.

Last season, the PGMOL also admitted that there was an error that cost Arsenal points against Manchester United when Gabriel Martinelli’s early goal was cancelled due to VAR intervention.

During this season, Arsenal have also suffered controversial VAR decisions in the defeats to Newcastle United and Aston Villa, which led to the suspension of Mikel Arteta following his comments after the game.

Following these acknowledgements of errors from the operators of the technology, Scholes has raised concerns over the implementation of the system, suggesting potential changes following a series.

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An independent panel, tasked with reviewing key match incidents, identified a total of 20 VAR-related errors in the ongoing season. Seventeen of these errors were attributed to VAR’s failure to intervene in incorrect on-field decisions, while three errors were the result of VAR intervening when it shouldn’t have.

The most notable blunder of the season occurred during Liverpool’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, where Luis Diaz’s goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside, despite VAR confirming the player was not in an onside position. The release of VAR audio from the incident revealed that the decision stemmed from human error.

The remaining two errors, according to the panel, involved VAR interventions that shouldn’t have occurred. Burnley’s Sander Berge had a goal disallowed for handball against Nottingham Forest, and Arsenal were denied a penalty against Manchester United after a VAR check prompted the referee to overturn his initial decision.

Liverpool found themselves on the receiving end of the most incorrect VAR decisions this season, with four decisions going against them. In contrast, Aston Villa benefited the most, with three incorrect decisions in their favor, while Newcastle United benefited twice from incorrect VAR decisions.

While acknowledging the increase in correct decisions since the introduction of VAR, Scholes emphasized the importance of addressing the system’s errors. The panel’s findings indicated a rise in ‘effective playing time’ to 58 minutes and 28 seconds, attributed to officials cracking down on time-wasting behavior and stricter rules regarding added time.

Yellow cards for time-wasting increased by 67 to 145 this season, and dissent-related yellow cards rose from 48 to 112.

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