PGMOL Admits ‘Human Error’ In Arsenal, Brighton Matches

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Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decisions that went against Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday’s Premier League matches were down to “human error”, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said on Sunday.

Ivan Toney’s equaliser for Brentford saw league leaders Arsenal drop two points in the title race but replays showed it should have been ruled out for offside in the build-up, leading Mikel Arteta to accuse officials of “changing the rules”.

Image of offside incident during Premier League match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium

Arteta felt it should have been disallowed because Ethan Pinnock appeared to be offside while blocking defender Gabriel Magalhaes as a free kick was delivered into the area for Toney to volley back across goal.

Across London, Brighton & Hove Albion saw their quest for European football hit a speed bump at Crystal Palace when they were held to a 1-1 draw, but Pervis Estupinan’s goal was wrongly chalked off for offside.

However, the offside line on replays was wrongly drawn for James Tomkins instead of fellow Palace defender Marc Guehi, who was behind him.

Image of offside incident during Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton.

“PGMOL can confirm its Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb has contacted both Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion to acknowledge and explain the significant errors in the VAR process in their respective Premier League fixtures on Saturday,” PGMOL said.

“Both incidents, which were due to human error and related to the analysis of offside situations, are being thoroughly reviewed by PGMOL.”


Reuters/Obinna Aniakor.