Premier League referees chief admits VAR mistake in Chelsea’s game against Watford

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Premier League referees chief Mike Riley has admitted VAR was incorrect to award Watford a penalty in our game at Vicarage Road earlier this month.

With Chelsea comfortably winning 2-0, VAR awarded Watford a penalty which Gerard Deulofeu scored but the Blues held on to win 2-1.

The other VAR mistakes Riley highlighted were penalties given by VAR to Brighton and Manchester United in their wins over Everton and Norwich respectively, and the decision to disallow a goal scored by Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos late in their draw with Crystal Palace.

“We are far from perfect and we have to improve the way we do things,” Riley said.

“Part of the balance of understanding ‘clear and obvious’ is that there will be times when we don’t intervene and everyone thinks we should. But that is a better place to be than intervening and everyone saying ‘you shouldn’t have done that’.

“There are significant things we can do to improve, including better consistency in decision-making as VARs and the timings so we get minimum interference.”

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