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What next for VAR after a hugely controversial weekend in the Premier League?

VAR was introduced into the Premier League for this season and it’s safe to say, there have been plenty of problems and this weekend has been no different.

Throughout the weekend there were numerous incidents which reached the headlines and caused high levels of confusion.

We’ve taken a look at some of the biggest talking points involving VAR from the Premier League weekend.

Chelsea vs Tottenham

Giovani Lo Celso didn’t see a red card given for a late challenge on Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta right in front of the dugouts.

The decision went to VAR and was reviewed but they deemed the tackle not a red card offence, meaning the Spurs midfielder avoided even a caution.

However, towards the end of the match the officials at Stockley Park admitted that they had got it wrong and put it down to “human error”.

Due to VAR, reviewing the decision and deciding to not take action, the Argentine can’t be punished retrospectively.

Burnley vs AFC Bournemouth

The clash between Bournemouth and Burnley arguably saw the most problems of the weekend with VAR.

Firstly, Bournemouth had a goal disallowed for handball by Philip Billing in the build-up to Josh King’s strike which looked to have hit his shoulder instead of his hand.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: The LED screen shows the VAR check taking place, which later rules out AFC Bournemouths first goal for a handball during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor on February 22, 2020 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Then, Bournemouth thought they had equalized through Harry Wilson after Matej Vydra had given Burnley the lead, only for VAR to chalk it off due to thinking that Adam Smith had used his hand in the build-up to Bournemouth’s goal, meaning Burnley were awarded a penalty and given a 2-0 lead through Jay Rodriguez.

It proved costly for the Cherries as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat and remain just two points clear of safety.

Leicester City vs Manchester City

There were further problems in the battle of 2nd against 3rd in the Premier League.

Leicester weren’t awarded a penalty when a James Maddison free-kick appeared to hit Kevin De Bruyne’s hand but VAR decided to not award a penalty to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Later on in the clash, Pep Guardiola’s side were given a penalty via VAR when the ball was adjudged to hit Dennis Praet’s hand from a Ilkay Gundogan shot, only for Sergio Aguero to see his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

However, City secured the victory late on through sub Gabriel Jesus.

Summary

Overall, it’s another weekend where VAR has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons and with just 11 games remaining this season, there is sure to be plenty more problems along the way.

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