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Ex-Prem Ref Tells Arsenal Fans: "VAR Is Not There To Get The Correct Decision"

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Ex-Prem Ref Tells Arsenal Fans: "VAR Is Not There To Get The Correct Decision"

Arsenal fans weren't happy after their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

In addition, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez seemed to bring down Alexandre Lacazette in the penalty area, but no sport kick was given.

After full time, former Premier League referee Peter Walton attempted to explain to Gooners why their side hadn't received a penalty, while speaking on BT Sport.


"First of all, VAR did look at it because they have a silent check on every incident and yes you can argue that the goalkeeper was fouled, you can argue that the goalkeeper was fouling Lacazette," he said.

"The point is VAR is not there to get the correct decision, it is there to identify clear and obvious errors from the referee or if the referee has missed something.

"What I would say is from a subjective point of view, has Lacazette used that opportunity to then lean on the goalkeeper?


"We all agree that within football there is a certain amount of physical contact allowed.

"We get that and we don't want VAR looking at items of that nature where it's such a subjective viewpoint."

Walton also tried to say why the referee didn't even take a look at the pitchside monitor: "VAR is not there to re-referee the game and they will only send the referee over to the monitor when they feel there's a clear and obvious error being made or a missed incident as we've seen in the past.


"And don't forget it's still an evolving process and the guys who operate this are beginning to get more and more experience with it, so ultimately hopefully we will see consistency.

"At the moment there are still some areas of greyness."

Gunners fans were not best pleased by this...


What do you think? Should the decisions have ben overturned?

Topics: Football News, Aston Villa, Football, Premier League, Arsenal, VAR

Max Miller
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