Jack Grealish Fuming After VAR Fails To Overturn Disallowed Goal
Jack Grealish and Aston Villa fans were fuming after referee Kevin Friend and VAR denied them a late equaliser against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Villa midfielder Grealish last week ended a 20 game losing streak in the Premier League, as the midlands club beat Everton, but thanks to a controversial referee decision he was back to losing ways.
Kevin Friend adjudged that Grealish had dived in the build up to Henri Lansbury putting the ball in the net late on for Villa, a goal which would have been an equaliser, and replays showed that there was contact.
However VAR failed to overturn the decision and after the match Jack Grealish had to be held back by teammate Tyrone Mings as he attempted to remonstrate with the Friend.
Disgraceful refereeing by Kevin Friend and no help from VAR. Aston Villa scored a good goal at stoppage time at Palace but the ref called it off and booked Grealish who made an assist AFTER 'diving' that was never a diving.
- Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) August 31, 2019
Villa absolutely robbed of a point. What is the point of VAR. It clearly wasn't a fucking dive. Kevin Friend and the rest of the refereeing panel need addressing as the standards of refereeing and use of the VAR system is embarrassing.
- The Stands Of Villa Park (@TheStandsOfVP) August 31, 2019
VAR in England is such a mess.
:x: The ball came off Hayden's hand when Schar scored.
:x: Grealish never dived. Aston Villa's goal should have stood.
:x: Tielemans should have been sent off.
- Owuraku Ampofo (@owuraku_ampofo) August 31, 2019
Just seen the Aston Villa incident, it couldn't be more ridiculous if it tried. They must be absolutely gutted, Kevin Friend continues to be a terrible referee even with VAR
- Ben Carr / DoctorBenjyFM (@DoctorBenjy) August 31, 2019
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Villa have been absolutely screwed there. VAR is on the ropes at the moment simply because the term 'clear and obvious' is subjective so they're not overturning poor decisions, which in turn makes it pointless... #AVFC
- Kristian Sturt (@FootieWriter) August 31, 2019
Friend blew the whistle before letting the game continue and checking back to see if the 23-year-old had dived or not and he clearly didn't feel the incident was a clear and obvious mistake.
VAR has been under severe scrutiny since the start of the season, being the first season it's been introduced to the Premier League, and once again there were several decisions being questioned on Saturday.
As well as the Grealish incident the video assistant referees failed to award a penalty for West Ham or send Youri Tielemans off for Leicester.
Mahmoud Hassan was sent off in the 54th minute for Villa and they could only hold off until the 73rd minute, with Jordan Ayew putting the hosts ahead.
It looked like Ayew's goal would win a second game in-a-row for Palace until Grealish seemed to have help earn Villa a point but Friend was quick to award a free kick.