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Trossard handball against Man United; red cards for Ayling of Leeds and Fabinho of Liverpool?

Trossard handball against Man United; red cards for Ayling of Leeds and Fabinho of Liverpool?

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) sparks controversy every week in the Premier League, but how are decisions made and are they correct?

After each weekend, we look at the most high-profile incidents and review the process both in terms of VAR protocol and the Laws of the Game.

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Possible goal disallowed: Handball by Trossard

What happened: Brighton & Hove Albion were already 3-0 up when Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot tried to clear the ball from the line but could only throw it into Leandro Trossard and it bounced into the goal.

VAR Decision: No handball, the goal stands.

VAR review: There is no doubt that the clearance hit Trossard in the chest. The question was whether the ball then grazed his arm before entering the goal.

VAR Chris Kavanagh watched replays of the goal from multiple angles but there was no definitive evidence the ball hit Trossard’s arm. If so, the goal must be disallowed as you cannot score a goal with your arm/hand, even if the contact is accidental.

In these situations, VAR is looking for a replay which shows beyond any doubt that the ball hit the arm and the decision on the pitch was incorrect. There were no angles that showed any evidence of the handball, so VAR was right to allow the goal.

There was the perfect comparison in Sunday’s game, when Norwich City’s Sam Byram thought he had scored against West Ham United.

However, Byram hit the ball with his arm before scoring. Unlike Trossard, this was clear from three different camera angles, so VAR Graham Scott had a simple task to tell the referee to disallow the goal.

Reversal of the VAR: Red card for Ayling

What happened: Arsenal were already 2-0 up when Luke Ayling attempted a tackle on Gabriel Martinelli with the corner flag. The Leeds United player came on with both feet off the ground, but referee Chris Kavanagh only showed a yellow card.

VAR Decision: VAR John Brooks informed the referee that the yellow card should be replaced with a red one.

VAR review: The only real surprise is that it took VAR so long to advise the red card, and even then the referee needed a prolonged look at the monitor before changing his decision to a red card.

Ayling was on the ground with both feet, leading the challenge with his cleats visible. It was a worse tackle than Granit Xhaka’s against Manchester City at the start of the season, although that red card was shown by the referee and not as a result of a VAR review.

The only thing that could have saved Ayling was that the challenge wasn’t high, which is why Kavanagh initially warned him. But the nature of the challenge, with both feet on the ground, was a clear case of serious foul play that puts an opponent’s safety at risk.

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Possible red card: Fabinho on Son

What happened: In the 80th minute of the game, Fabinho strongly challenged Son Heung-Min and, trying to win the ball, grabbed Spurs with his elbow. Fabinho received a yellow card.

VAR Decision: No red card, a warning was considered sufficient.

VAR review: The incident was quickly reviewed by VAR Darren England but he deemed a yellow card a justifiable decision by the referee.

This is the main difference between the Ayling and Fabinho incidents. One of the main considerations in VAR is whether the card the referee showed is an incorrect call under the Laws of the Game. In Fabinho’s case, caution may certainly be warranted; with Ayling, the nature of the tackle made it difficult to discuss versus a red card.

Perhaps the biggest problem was that referee Michael Oliver officiated the match with some leniency. It meant Fabinho escaped a number of fouls which on another day could have been given a warning – so the moment he committed that foul on Son it could have been a second yellow card and therefore a dismissal .

However, this will not change how a VAR assesses a challenge when a player is not yet on a map.

There’s no doubt that Fabinho deserved a booking, but there was no arm throwing action to create force or an element of brutality. Additionally, there was no clenched fist from the 28-year-old, which referees use to determine if there was violent intent.

VAR reversal: Loftus-Cheek goal disallowed for offside

What happened: The score was goalless when Ruben Loftus-Cheek thought he had scored from close range.

VAR Decision: After a very lengthy VAR review, Jarred Gillett correctly disallowed the goal for offside.

VAR review: The issue was not the final decision, but the time it took to reach it and the process Gillett followed. A long time was spent checking the first possible offside against Antonio Rudiger after the near post kick.

Then VAR had to check if Romelu Lukaku or Leander Dendoncker touched the ball before it passed to Loftus-Cheek to score. If played by Lukaku, it was a clear offside. If Dendoncker, then the Chelsea goalscorer couldn’t be offside.

The review would have been much quicker had Gillett focused on the offside first against Loftus-Cheek, as there was no doubt about his offside position. It was enough to confirm that the ball had been touched by a teammate.

VAR reversal: Penalty for Chelsea

What happened: The score was still tied in the 52nd minute when Romelu Lukaku fell under a challenge from Romain Saiss. Referee Peter Bankes gave a goal kick when the ball went out of play shortly afterwards.

VAR Decision: Gillett reviewed the challenge and informed the referee that it should be a penalty.

VAR review: Saiss’ foul was initially unclear, but the replay showed the defender catching Lukaku high on the leg. It was the right decision to award the penalty, which was scored by Lukaku himself.

Information provided by the Premier League and PGMOL has been used in this story.

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