Chief refereeing officer for PGMOL, Howard Webb, called an emergency meeting of referees in response to a controversial weekend for VAR in the Premier League.
During matches involving Chelsea, Arsenal, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Brighton, VAR was the subject of much scrutiny and criticism.
Arsenal and Brighton were subsequently contacted by Webb, who “acknowledged significant errors in the VAR process” and both games are now “being thoroughly reviewed.”
Brentford’s goal against Arsenal was allowed despite officials ‘forgetting’ to draw lines indicating offside, while the offside check was done on the wrong player for Brighton’s disallowed goal scored by Pervis Estupinan at Selhurst Park.
The meeting took place on Tuesday, with reports that some officials were potentially facing disciplinary action. However, it mostly focused on preventing errors and reinforcing best practice processes to ensure accurate outcomes in an efficient manner going forward.
Whatever that is supposed to mean.
A statement read: “The Premier League sets high standards and is disappointed that PGMOL fell below those expectations last weekend. As a result, the Premier League requested that PGMOL review and explain a number of incidents from the recent match round.
“Following discussions with PGMOL, and yesterday’s Select Group One review meeting, we support PGMOL’s views on addressing these issues to improve performances going forward.”
Lee Mason, the man who forgot to do his job during the Arsenal match against Brentford, has been stood down for this weekend’s round of games.