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Gary Neville claims VAR officials are scared to overrule on-pitch colleagues

Gary Neville has claimed VAR officials are scared to over-rule decisions made by their colleagues on the pitch.

There have been several wrong decisions this week as the Premier League season reaches crunch point.

Tottenham were denied a penalty away at Bournemouth which could have earned them all three points, but officials at Stockley Park failed to award a spot kick for a foul on Harry Kane.

Both Man Utd and Southampton were awarded penalties on the same evening, and both stood, despite the Premier League admitting they should have been ruled out by VAR.

Now Sky Sports pundit Neville has pointed the finger at those in the VAR control room for failing to make the big calls.

Tottenham should have been awarded a penalty for Josh King's foul on Harry Kane
Tottenham should have been awarded a penalty for Josh King’s foul on Harry Kane

He tweeted: “On VAR. Send the Ref to the screens for goodness sake!

“The ‘we know better’ than Europe way is failing badly. The officials off-site are frightened to death to overrule on-site colleagues.”

Bruno Fernandes had fooled the referee into pointing to the spot after treading on the leg of Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa before going to ground in the box.

Villa boss Dean Smith claimed his team should have had a free kick from the incident, and added: “Unfortunately VAR has seen something completely different and gone with Jon Moss’ original decision, which is baffling to be honest.”

A similar scenario unravelled over at Goodison Park as Everton’s Andre Gomes was penalised for a coming together with James Ward-Prowse.

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill was commenting on the match, and suggested ex-pros should be handed a role in the VAR room for consultation.

United's penalty call stood even though Fernandes trod on Konsa's leg
United’s penalty call stood even though Fernandes trod on Konsa’s leg

“I think that would really help them,” Cahill said on BBC’s Match of the Day. “To understand the movements. When a player falls to buy a penalty, you can feel that that is there.

“Straight away we said no penalty, and it’s so visible that it must need a player there to give his advice on what the player is doing to buy that penalty.”

Meanwhile Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho reacted to the decision against his team by calling on officials to front up to their mistakes on camera.

“I think you should have access to them, I know the rules don’t allow it. I think you should have access to them – to ask directly why. It’s very important. I think they are very important in the game, as important as players.

“It would stop nothing, but would make things much more open, much more clear. It would give the referee the opportunity to say ‘Yes, I made a mistake – I feel sorry for that’ or ‘Yes I had incredible performance’ or ‘yes I was perfect.’”

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