Michael Oliver Changes Penalty Decision After Looking At Screen In Controversial VAR Call
Aston Villa were denied a stoppage time penalty against Brighton after Michael Oliver overturned his original decision.
The official pointed to the spot after Trezeguet went down theatrically under the challenge of Solly March in the 94th minute and it looked like Villa would have the chance to equalise for the second time in the game.
It was an incredibly tough one to call given March had touched the ball but also followed through afterwards but Oliver changed his decision after looking at a replay of the incident on the pitchside monitor.
Referees are being encouraged to do so by VAR officials in the current campaign yet there were mixed feelings as to whether it was a clear and obvious error.
Late VAR drama at Villa Park...- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 21, 2020
Aston Villa's late penalty award has been overturned!
The correct decision or has Solly March got away with one here? pic.twitter.com/CyCipGkKND
Well done Michael Oliver for being brave enough to use the VAR to overturn his own decision- Simon Mullock (@MullockSMirror) November 21, 2020
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90'+ ' Michael Oliver awards a penalty for a foul on Trézéguet, but the decision is overturned.- Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 21, 2020
1-2 :large_blue_circle: #AVLBHA
Brighton, who saw right wing-back Tariq Lamptey sent off for two bookings, would then hold on for a second win of the season at Villa Park, with March's stunning right-footed curler in the second half proving to be the winning goal.
Pick that one out! :ok_hand:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 21, 2020
The ball falls to Solly March on the edge of the area, and he cooly finds his spot :dart:
Advantage Brighton once again... pic.twitter.com/T4JSWGjByl
The Seagulls have their first-ever win at Villa Park!- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 21, 2020
Dean Smith is left bewildered on the sideline...
FT: Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton pic.twitter.com/oF3jUrmNVE
Danny Welbeck had opened the scoring with his first goal for the Seagulls in the first half, before Ezri Konsa levelled matters early in the second half.
But March proved to be the hero and avoided being the villain late on thanks to Oliver's reversal.
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