Dias comments on Vicario incident and controversial Newcastle goal after VAR review

VAR has been a topic of great debate and controversy every week in football, but how are the decisions made and are they correct? The process is examined and explained in terms of the VAR protocol and the Laws of the Game in this week’s special FA Cup fourth-round VAR Review.

The decisions in focus for this week’s review include Manchester City’s winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur and Luton Town’s goal against Everton. In the case of Manchester City’s winning goal, there was a VAR check for a possible foul on the goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario by Rúben Dias. Ultimately, the goal was allowed to stand, and the VAR upheld the decision of the referee. Similar situations have occurred recently, with several incidents of contact between attacking players and goalkeepers before goals, and the VAR choosing not to overrule the decision of the referee.

Another controversial point of review was Luton Town’s opener against Everton, where Dominic Calvert-Lewin was adamant that he was pushed in the back by Ross Barkley at the near post. The VAR ultimately decided that the goal should stand, but this decision was met with frustration from Everton boss Sean Dyche. Likewise, Newcastle’s first goal at Fulham was also questioned for a possible handball in the buildup, but the goal was ultimately allowed to stand as the law states that accidental attacking handballs can only be penalised if it’s by the goal scorer or if they extend their arm deliberately.

The review also touches on a possible penalty incident involving a handball by Dan Burn. Despite the flick off Burn’s hand, the VAR decided that it did not warrant a penalty.

The review provides insight into the process by which VAR decisions are made, and the variety of factors that come into play, including contact between players, handball incidents, and the interpretation of the laws of the game. It illustrates the complexities surrounding VAR decisions and how they are determined, shedding light on the thought process and considerations involved in each decision.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has continued to generate controversy in football matches. This weekly VAR Review examines the incidents from the latest FA Cup fourth-round fixtures, delving into the decision-making process in line with VAR protocol and the Laws of the Game.

In this assessment, we analyze how VAR decisions impacted the Premier League clubs in the 2023-24 season. There is a specific focus on Manchester City’s disputed winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur and the legitimacy of Luton Town’s opener against Everton. Furthermore, there is an investigation into a potential handball in the lead-up to Newcastle United’s opening goal against Fulham.

The VAR decision to allow Manchester City’s winning goal to stand came under scrutiny, particularly following a possible foul on goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario by Rúben Dias. However, the VAR upheld the original decision made on the field by the referee, demonstrating that consistency lies in the point of VAR intervention, rather than the final decision.

Similarly, there were parallels drawn to previous contentious incidents involving contact between attacking players and goalkeepers. The VAR has consistently chosen not to overrule the referee’s decision in such scenarios, as was evident in the case of Luton Town’s controversial injury-time equalizer against Burnley.

Another debated incident revolved around Everton’s opening goal against Luton, with claims of a foul by Ross Barkley on Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Despite noticeable contact, the VAR upheld the referee’s decision to allow the goal, mirroring the consistent application of the VAR’s protocol when assessing potential fouls.

Moreover, Newcastle’s lead-acquiring goal against Fulham was analyzed for a possible handball in the buildup, highlighting the VAR’s adherence to the updated handball law. The VAR correctly intervened and allowed the goal to stand, aligning with the law’s modifications to reduce the frequency of disallowed goals due to accidental handball incidents.

Overall, the VAR Review of this week’s FA Cup fourth-round fixtures underscores the VAR’s commitment to maintaining fairness and consistency in the application of its protocols, as evident through its objective decision-making process.

David Richard

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