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Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon Joins Growing Calls for VAR to Be Scrapped if Technology Doesn’t Improve

Anthony Gordon has questioned the purpose of VAR after he was denied a penalty in Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

On the day it was announced that Wolves were lobbying for VAR to be banned from the Premier League next season, the England striker was left saddened when referee Robert Jones and VAR Jarred Gillett ignored a sharp penalty appeal after Sofyan Amrabat’s heel was caught in his attempt to recover from a mistake.

Speak with Sky Sports After the game, Gordon said: “[My ankle’s] really sore. I’m not sure how good my ankle will be.

“I looked at it again and it’s a clear penalty. I don’t mind if the referee makes a wrong decision on the pitch, but I don’t understand what the point of VAR is then. It’s there to correct mistakes.”

What do other PL clubs think?

According to Sky Sports News, Liverpool are among the clubs that would not support abolishing VAR.

While a leading Premier League manager from another club told Sky Sports News: “VAR is here to stay.”

Several top clubs believe that VAR is a help rather than a hindrance and that the focus should be on improving its use and communication with fans rather than abolishing it entirely.

“Amrabat hits my Achilles tendon and then pushes me in the back. Casemiro gets the ball, but before that there are two fouls. I just don’t see the point in it.” [VAR].

“I knew it straight away, that’s why I didn’t appeal because I didn’t mind if the referee didn’t allow it. It goes fast. But I’ll wait for the VAR to check it. You can see me telling my teammates.” a clear penalty.

“Then we carry on and I’m out of socks. How can this be possible?”

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Wayne Rooney felt Newcastle were unlucky not to win a penalty after Gordon was challenged by Amrabat

Wolves have had to make several controversial refereeing decisions this season and believe the decision review system “undermines the value of the Premier League brand”.

They have tabled a resolution to bring about a vote at the league’s annual general meeting in June, requiring approval from 13 of the other 19 clubs. They will likely recruit other clubs to build support leading up to next month’s meeting.

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Sky Sports chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol explains why Wolves and other Premier League clubs are voting to scrap VAR next season

The Premier League does not believe abolishing VAR is the right way forward.

“It’s a big decision,” Gordon continued when the proposal was made to him. “I actually really like it [VAR], I like this idea. It should work, but it doesn’t.

“Too many mistakes happen all the time. We missed too many chances to blame it on anything else, but we could be 1-0 up and the game changes.”

“It is a clear and obvious mistake. I don’t know how you can go wrong. Either you get rid of it or you get better, it’s very simple.”

More VAR drama dominates Chelsea’s win at Brighton

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Mauricio Pochettino admitted Reece James’ late red card was “painful” after Chelsea moved close to European qualification with a thrilling 2-1 Premier League win at Brighton.

Blues captain James was sacked for the second time in an injury-plagued season for throwing out Seagulls striker Joao Pedro after a lengthy VAR review in the 88th minute at the Amex Stadium.

The England defender, who came on as a substitute in the 69th minute for just the second time since December following thigh surgery, faces a four-game ban and will not be able to play again before Gareth Southgate names his provisional Euro 2024 squad.

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Mauricio Pochettino believes VAR can still be a big help in the Premier League but feels it needs to be improved

“It’s difficult to express my opinion because I didn’t have time to see what was happening,” Blues boss Pochettino said of James’ costly retaliation.

“Maybe it’s his frustration. But yes, painful. Painful because it was a fantastic night of football and he is our captain and a really important player.”

“I am disappointed because now he will miss the next game and maybe a few games next season.”

By this point, Chelsea had already seen on-field referee Michael Salisbury award a penalty, which was overruled by VAR official Peter Bankes, who said Facundo Buonanotte had played the ball in a challenge with Marc Cucurella.

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Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane and Andy Cole react to the possibility of a VAR-free Premier League

Another point of contention in the first half was that Mykhailo Mudryk had to leave the pitch with a head injury following an unpunished incident with Tariq Lamptey.

Premier League statistics earlier this season showed correct decisions under VAR had increased from 82 to 96 percent, as Tony Scholes, the Premier League’s head of football, reported Sky Sports in February: “VAR is and remains a very effective tool for supporting match officials on the pitch.”

However, Scholes admitted: “We carry out too many checks and it takes us too long to do them. This is understandable to some extent, considering how closely these people are under scrutiny. But the checks take too long and it affects the flow of the game and we are very aware of this and the need to improve this speed while always maintaining accuracy.”

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The Ref Watch panel discusses why VAR disallowed Max Kilman’s goal against West Ham and assesses Gary O’Neil’s strong comments on the decision

Meanwhile, Premier League officials believe the proposal would seriously damage its reputation as one of the elite leagues in world football and result in no semi-automatic offsides or in-stadium announcements for the public that the top flight is pushing so hard for.

A Premier League spokesman said: “The Premier League can confirm that it will facilitate a discussion on VAR with our clubs at next month’s annual general meeting.”

“Clubs have the right to make proposals at shareholder meetings and we are aware of the concerns and issues surrounding the use of VAR.

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“However, the league fully supports the use of VAR and, together with PGMOL, remains committed to continually improving the system for the benefit of the game and the fans.”

Wolves have had to make several controversial refereeing decisions this season and believe the decision review system “undermines the value of the Premier League brand”.

However, they need approval from 13 of the other 19 clubs and will likely recruit other clubs for support by next month’s meeting.

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