According to Sky Sports, the Premier League has admitted to six incorrect VAR calls this season.


There have been 48 VAR interventions in the current Premier League season, with 42 right and six considered incorrect; Gabriel Martinelli’s disallowed opener by VAR at Manchester United in September was apparently one of the errors


PL would also like to take part in an experiment of temporary concussion substitutes.

This season, the League’s video assistance referees have made six wrong interventions, while the Key Match Incident panel has ruled on 42.

One of the six errors, according to ESPN, was Gabriel Martinelli’s disallowed goal in Arsenal’s September loss to Manchester United.

Arsenal’s 12th-minute opener was ruled out by VAR when referee Paul Tierney utilized the pitchside monitor to rule out the Brazilian forward’s goal for a foul on Christian Eriksen in the build-up by Martin Odegaard.

The independent panel decided, as part of a higher threshold approach, that six VAR interventions were missed from the broader pool of decision-making over the first 16 match rounds – 160 matches – of all KMI incidences thus far.

Martin Odegaard.
Martin Odegaard.

With the introduction of Howard Webb as chief refereeing officer at the PGMOL and plans to visit key personnel at Premier League and English Football League clubs in the new year, it is hoped that fewer errors will be committed.

Webb, who oversaw the 2010 World Cup final, is slated to offer greater transparency to the PGMOL after garnering plaudits for how VAR was implemented in the MLS while he was in charge.

PL requests to take part in an experiment for temporary concussion substitutes.

The Premier League has asked football’s lawmakers whether they may take part in an experiment of temporary concussion substitutes starting next season.

Through FIFPro and the World Leagues Forum, the Premier League, Major League Soccer, and Ligue 1 have presented a combined application to the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

In the previous four to six weeks, doctors from all 20 Premier League clubs have been consulted regarding the top flight’s current concussion protocols, which include a head injury assessment on the field and a permanent concussion substitution if necessary.

The usage of temporary concussion substitutions, in which a player with a suspected concussion would leave the field of play to be evaluated in a private area and be temporarily replaced, is supported by Premier League doctors.

Several controversial head injury instances occurred during the World Cup, with the brain injury charity Headway condemning Wales’ handling of Neco Williams’ substitute against England in a group match last month.

Williams went down after blocking Marcus Rashford’s shot with the top of his head, but he passed FIFA’s concussion test and continued before being substituted before halfway. Headway used the incident to illustrate the importance of implementing temporary concussion substitutes.

Prior to the midseason break, a similar event occurred in the Premier League, with Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez being taken out against Newcastle after originally attempting to play on after suffering a head injury.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

IFAB rejected calls to implement temporary concussion substitutions at its annual general meeting in Doha this summer, stating that the existing concussion protocols – which allow for additional permanent concussion substitutes – would remain in place, with its trial extended until August of next year.

The bids of the Premier League, Major League Soccer, and Ligue 1 are anticipated to be accepted in March.

“Current concussion substitution laws risk players’ health and safety,” warned Dr Adam White, head of brain health for the Professional Footballers’ Association.

“As the players’ union, we have long advocated for the use of temporary concussion substitutes, and we have already pushed IFAB to allow trials with the assistance of our worldwide union colleagues at FIFPRO.

Since then, we’ve worked with FIFPRO to coordinate this new IFAB policy, which is based on unions and leagues and reflects a growing agreement in this area.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

We are once again urging that the IFAB allow temporary concussion substitution trials in order to protect players and increase assistance for everyone concerned.

The Premier League will not follow World Cup stoppage-time rules.

While considerable amounts of stoppage time were added to games during the last World Cup, the Premier League has no plans to follow FIFA’s rules, which recorded every second lost due to a goal celebration.

The Premier League games this season have averaged 98 minutes and 5 seconds, whereas World Cup group stage games have averaged 101.34 minutes.

The Premier League dispatched a representative to Qatar to participate in the FIFA technology working group’s study of the semi-automated offside lines used at the World Cup and in UEFA competitions, but no final decision on whether to utilize technology has been reached.

Furthermore, the Premier League has warned all teams regarding player and manager behavior after an uptick in such conduct, particularly in respect to match officials, during the first half of the season.

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