Premier League trialled VAR in Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs – and only one decision would have been overturned
The Premier League trialled VAR in each of the five 3pm kick-offs on Saturday – and only one decision would have been overturned.
Leroy Sane had a goal ruled out for offside in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Fulham which would have stood had VAR been implemented.
Replays showed the German was marginally onside when he put the ball in the net just before the break. It would have been his second goal of the game and would have put City 3-0 up.
The trial took place at the central VAR hub, but there was no contact with match officials at the games.
It is understood the Premier League are happy with how the trial went.
Bournemouth were given what some fans saw as a dubious penalty in their 4-2 win over Leicester for handball, but VAR would have adjudged the decision not to have been a clear and obvious error.
VAR will be used in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this term at all games played at Premier League grounds.
But top-flight clubs voted against implementing the system for league games in 2018-19.
The number of games to use VAR is expected to treble this season from last.
Tottenham thought they should have been awarded a penalty in stoppage time of their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, when Heung-Min Son went down under a challenge from Sadio Mane, but the VAR trial did not include the early kick-off, or Manchester United’s tea-time trip to Watford .