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EPL: Arsenal’s objective in opposition to Manchester United was wrongly dominated out by VAR

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In Arsenal’s solely lack of the season, the VAR group made an important error that helped change the sport in Manchester United’s favour

Martinelli thought he had given Arsenal the lead in opposition to Manchester United of their September fixture at Outdated Trafford, however referee Mike Dean was suggested by VAR to overrule the objective for a foul by Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard on Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen within the build-up to the objective.

Now that call has come up in an investigation by the Key Match Incident Panel into VAR actions within the first a part of the season and has been highlighted as one in every of six errors made by the VAR group within the Premier League.

Had Martinelli’s objective been allowed to face, the end result would have been markedly totally different, which understandably left supervisor Mikel Arteta annoyed after what’s now Arsenal’s solely lack of the season within the league.

Different incidents that have been deemed VAR errors by the panel embody the choice to rule out West Ham’s equaliser in opposition to Chelsea of their 2-1 loss. In that recreation, Maxwell Cornet’s equaliser was dominated out after what VAR deemed to be a foul by Jarrod Bowen on Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Brentford’s penalty in opposition to Nottingham Forest, which was given for a foul by Dean Henderson on Yoane Wissa was additionally deemed incorrect, as was Douglas Luiz’ crimson card for violent conduct in opposition to Fulham. Different errors embody Tyrick Mitchell’s personal objective in opposition to Fulham, which was dominated out for a foul by Alexander Mitrovic, and a penalty for Crystal Palace in opposition to Aston Villa, which was given for a handball by Lucas Digne.

Asides the six apparent errors, the KMI panel additionally recognized 16 different incidents within the opening 160 matches of the season that warranted VAR intervention however didn’t get any.

It was not all horrible although, and the boys within the VAR room can pat themselves on the again for 42 right choices made after VAR intervention within the Premier League this season.