Arsenal handball claims, McTominay purple card

Video Assistant Referee causes controversy each week within the Premier League, however how are selections made, and are they appropriate?

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On this week’s VAR Overview: An entire host of handball penalty claims for Arsenal of their comeback win towards AFC Bournemouth, in addition to one penalty for Manchester United at Liverpool and a purple card for Scott McTominay. Plus all the large selections across the Premier League over the weekend.

Attainable penalty: Handball by Mepham

What occurred: Within the twenty fourth minute, Chris Mepham jumped to win a looping ball underneath stress from Fabio Vieira. He missed it together with his head and the ball struck his arm. Arsenal’s gamers appealed for a penalty.

VAR determination: No penalty.

VAR overview: This was the primary of an unbelievable 4 handball penalty appeals from Arsenal, and each is roofed by a barely totally different space of the legislation. This one comes all the way down to the highest of the arm being thought-about a authorized place for the ball to hit.

The trendy interpretation (the entire arm all the best way as much as the shoulder was once thought-about handball) may be very tough to use constantly. The logic is that the highest a part of the arm can’t make the silhouette of the physique larger it doesn’t matter what place it is in, so should not be thought-about handball.

The boundary is not the underside of the sleeve, it is described as being “according to the underside of the armpit.” The IFAB’s diagram exhibits how this must be judged when a participant is leaping, however figuring out the precise level on the arm that the floor of the ball touches, and the place the precise boundary line sits, is tough one for any referee or VAR to evaluate.

Premier League officers have used the badge or sponsor emblem on a participant’s arm as a reference level, because it’s in the identical place on all shirts — whether or not they’re long-sleeved or short-sleeved. If the ball hits round this space, it is going to be judged as authorized. So Mepham is fortunate the ball hits excessive sufficient up for the VAR to not develop into concerned.

That mentioned, if the ball had hit decrease on the arm, there could be an argument that Vieira’s nudge had brought on Mepham to overlook his header, ensuing within the handball.

Attainable penalty: Handball by Stephens

What occurred: Within the 74th minute, Jack Stephens blocked a cross by Bukayo Saka. The ball got here off the defender’s arm and crashed again off the publish. Referee Chris Kavanagh ignored the requests for a penalty.

VAR determination: No penalty.

VAR overview: Stephens was exceptionally fortunate. He leans into Saka’s cross and the ball comes off his higher arm. Although his arm is tucked into his physique, he strikes his physique in the direction of the ball and that might be a handball offence — if low on the arm. Once more, the VAR, John Brooks, has determined it was too excessive on the arm and subsequently a authorized play of the ball.

In December, Manchester United needed a penalty towards Nottingham Forest in comparable circumstances. Remo Freuler leaned right into a ball and it hit his arm, however referee and VAR determined towards a penalty. The unbiased evaluation panel judged it was a missed intervention and United ought to have been awarded a spot kick by way of VAR — however the contact on Freuler was decrease than Stephens.

Attainable penalty: Handball by Senesi

What occurred: Within the 79th minute, Martin Odegaard‘s shot was blocked by Marcos Senesi. But once more there have been claims for a penalty for handball.

VAR determination: No penalty.

VAR overview: That is the simplest determination of the 4 for the officers. Senesi has his arm tucked in and it isn’t making his physique unnaturally larger, and the shot is from shut proximity. A penalty should not be awarded for this.

Attainable penalty: Handball by Billing

What occurred: From the ensuing nook after the earlier handball declare, the ball bounced up and was stopped near the road by Philip Billing underneath stress from Gabriel. For the fourth time, there have been appeals for a handball penalty.

VAR determination: No penalty.

VAR overview: Maybe probably the most controversial of the claims. Billing is simply in entrance of the goal-line when Gabriel heads in the direction of objective and it hits the hand. The header being from point-blank vary saves the Bournemouth participant, together with his arm additionally being near his physique.

It would not be thought-about that Billing had stopped a objective, which might be a red-card offence, as goalkeeper Neto is behind him.

That is most likely the one handball which would not have been modified by way of VAR if awarded by the referee. Some might really feel Billing’s arm is ready which has stopped Gabriel’s effort on objective, no matter proximity.

Attainable disallowed objective: Encroaching on a kick off by Semenyo

What occurred: Billing scored the second-fastest objective in Premier League historical past after simply 9.11 seconds, however Antoine Semenyo was already within the Arsenal half earlier than Dominic Solanke had taken the kick off.

VAR determination: No VAR intervention attainable.

VAR overview: The VAR can’t rule on any begins or restarts — throw-ins, free kicks, and so forth — so could be unable to intervene on a participant being within the opposition’s half at kick off. That is one thing the on-field staff has to identify and order and fast retake of the kick off.

Even when VAR was accountable for such incidents, Semenyo does not get entangled within the play at any level so could be thought-about immaterial to the objective. It might be such a trivial offence to disallow a objective for.

Attainable penalty: Alisson problem on Fernandes

What occurred: Within the 54th minute, Liverpool have been taking part in the ball across the again, and Alisson let the ball slip underneath his foot. Bruno Fernandes closed him down and the goalkeeper dived at his toes, however earlier than taking part in the ball together with his legs he appeared to catch the Manchester United participant.

VAR determination: No penalty.

VAR overview: This might simply have been a penalty, when the rating was 3-0, with the goalkeeper making a rash try to make up for his personal error. Whereas he does get a contact on the ball together with his leg, he has already made some contact with Fernandes together with his palms.

The one query for the VAR, David Coote, is whether or not the best way Fernandes goes to floor matches the extent of contact. Did the Portugal worldwide embellish the best way he went to floor to attempt to win the spot kick? That can be within the thoughts of Coote when he’s assessing the state of affairs, but when referee Madley had pointed to the penalty spot it undoubtedly would not have been overturned by the VAR.

Attainable purple card: McTominay on Gakpo

What occurred: Within the sixty fourth minute, Scott McTominay slid in to deal with Cody Gakpo, received the ball however caught the Liverpool participant together with his observe by way of. Referee Madley selected to point out McTominay only a yellow card.

VAR determination: No purple card.

VAR overview: McTominay was lucky, as a result of that is a kind of challenges that may stick with the on-field determination whichever approach the referee choses to go. McTominay was in management in the best way he went to floor, and whereas he received the ball he did make contact together with his opponent above the ankle together with his observe by way of.

Intent is not related in terms of judging endangering the security of an opponent, so “profitable the ball” does not come into the equation.

Might McTominay have gotten his foot out of the best way of Gakpo? Maybe, but it surely’s not a transparent and apparent error for the referee to decide on to point out a yellow card.

Attainable offside: Jota on Salah objective

What occurred: Within the 83rd minute, Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s sixth objective — however there was a VAR verify for offside towards Diogo Jota within the buildup.

VAR determination: No offside.

VAR overview: It might have been a kind of offside selections few followers may observed on the time, however there was a verify towards Jota who may have been in entrance of the final defender when the ball is touched by Roberto Firmino.

Jota then runs throughout the six-yard space and challenges Luke Shaw for the ball, so the objective would have been disallowed if the Portugal worldwide was in an offside place.

Attainable purple card: Alcaraz for foul on Castagne

What occurred: Within the twenty first minute, Carlos Alcaraz caught Timothy Castagne with a late problem, and referee Robert Jones opted to point out the ahead a yellow card.

VAR determination: No purple card.

VAR overview: Alcaraz, who would go on to attain the one objective of the sport, caught Castagne on the highest of the foot. If he had made contact any larger, it could certainly have been a purple card due to the best way he introduced his foot down onto his opponent.

The deal with is reckless moderately than harmful, so a yellow card is a suitable disciplinary end result.

Attainable penalty overturn: Handball by Castagne

What occurred: Southampton have been awarded a penalty kick within the thirty first minute when Castagne blocked an tried cross into the world by Theo Walcott. Referee Jones pointed to the spot.

VAR determination: Penalty stands, James Ward-Prowse‘s spot kick saved by Danny Ward.

VAR overview: A textbook handball offence. Castagne goes in to dam a cross together with his arm approach above his head. If the ball hit his arm, there’s solely going to be one end result. Even when the assistant hadn’t raised his flag to alert the referee, this might have been a sure VAR intervention.

Attainable offside: Adams in buildup to Alcaraz objective

What occurred: Southampton scored the one objective of the sport within the thirty fifth minute when Ainsley Maitland-Niles performed a ball to Che Adams, who was stood alongside the defensive position and spun to launch a reverse move by way of to Alcaraz to attain; there was a verify for a attainable offside within the construct up towards Adams.

VAR determination: Purpose stands.

VAR overview: One other objective saved by the tolerance degree utilized to offside within the Premier League, proven by a single inexperienced line drawn to the final defender showing on the VAR picture.

This might most likely have been disallowed if semi-automated offside know-how was in use.

Attainable penalty overturn: Shelvey foul on McNeil

What occurred: Everton have been awarded a penalty within the ninth minute when Dwight McNeil was tripped by Jonjo Shelvey. There was a double verify for the VAR, Paul Tierney — for the foul itself but in addition a attainable handball within the buildup by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

VAR determination: Penalty stands, scored by Demarai Grey.

VAR overview: Shelvey tries to make a deal with, does not get the ball and locations his leg into the trail of McNeil’s flip inside the world.

McNeil did use the problem from Shelvey, however as soon as referee John Brooks has given the penalty it will not be overturned. The Everton participant did not provoke the contact, as he was already within the path of the deal with, however he actually knew the place Shelvey’s leg was.

The ball might have hit the higher a part of Doucoure’s arm within the buildup, but it surely must be a deliberate act to cancel the spot kick, and there was no proof of this.

Attainable penalty: Colback problem on Coleman

What occurred: Everton had robust appeals for a spot kick within the twenty third minute when Seamus Coleman tried to interrupt alongside the goal-line and reduce a cross into the world, however went to floor underneath a problem from Jack Colback. Brooks wasn’t within the claims for a penalty.

VAR determination: No penalty.

VAR overview: The form of problem which is barely going to lead to a penalty if given by the referee. It is Coleman who kicks Colback, however there may nonetheless have been a penalty because the Forest participant was limiting the house of the attacker within the space.

We often see penalties awarded when a defender has clipped an attacker, inflicting him to journey. That is alongside the identical strains — a penalty if given on the sector, however not a state of affairs the VAR will get entangled in as a transparent and apparent error.

Attainable offside: Zaha when scoring

What occurred: Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace the lead within the fourth minute, however there was a overview for offside.

VAR determination: Purpose disallowed.

VAR overview: Unlucky for Zaha, who simply went too early. There’s a clear hole between the attacking and defensive offside strains.

Attainable straight purple card: Doucoure for problem on Chambers

What occurred: Cheick Doucoure fouled Calum Chambers within the 62nd minute. Referee Craig Pawson performed benefit and when the assault broke down went again and booked Doucoure, which was his second yellow card. However was the problem worthy of a straight purple?

VAR determination: No straight purple card.

VAR overview: Although Doucoure was despatched off for a second yellow card, it’s nonetheless attainable for the VAR to provoke a overview for a straight purple. That may appear unusual, contemplating the participant had been despatched off anyway, however critical foul play would carry a three-match bar moderately than the one he’ll obtain for 2 cautions.

Doucoure does catch Chambers above the ankle, however he does not achieve this with power. He would not be thought-about to be endangered the security of an opponent, so the second yellow card from Pawson could be thought-about enough.

Attainable penalty overturn: Bowen foul on Mitoma

What occurred: Brighton & Hove Albion have been awarded a penalty within the seventeenth minute when Kaoru Mitoma was bundled to the bottom by Jarrod Bowen, and referee Stuart Attwell pointed to the spot.

VAR determination: Penalty stands.

VAR overview: One other simple determination for the referee if not a stonewall spot kick. Bowen is available in from the facet and knocks Mitoma to the bottom. There could be no probability of a VAR intervention from Peter Bankes.

Attainable offside: Mitoma when scoring

What occurred: Mitoma scored Brighton’s third objective within the 69th minute, tapping residence from shut vary after a cross-shot from Pascal Gross. There was a verify for offside.

VAR determination: No offside.

VAR overview: An attention-grabbing offside determination to focus on. It was clearly an accurate name, however Mitoma was solely onside as a result of Emerson had caught out a leg to attempt to block the cross from Gross. Had Emerson been in a standing place, Mitoma might effectively have been in entrance of him and in an offside place.

Data supplied by the Premier League and PGMOL was used on this story.

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