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Anthony Gordon makes VAR feelings clear ahead of decisive Premier League vote

The England winger believes VAR should be improved dramtically or otherwise binned.


Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon says VAR needs to drastically improve if it is to stay in the Premier League.

Clubs are set to meet and vote on whether to scrap the technology on 6 June at an annual general meeting after Wolves submitted a proposal to remove it.

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The Midlands club went into detail on the issues VAR causes weekly in the top flight, but opinion is still split on whether it should be changed or completely removed.

Without it, Chelsea captain Reece James would not have been sent off for a blatantly obvious red card offence against Brighton on Wednesday and the Blues would have had a penalty wrongfully awarded early on in the game.

There was less interference from the VAR officials at Old Trafford for the match between Manchester United and Newcastle, but Gordon was still convinced he should have had a penalty for a challenge on him by Sofyan Amrabat.

He said: “I have watched it back and it is a clear penalty.

“He [Amrabat] goes down my Achilles and pushes me in the back. I knew straight away, that’s why I didn’t appeal.

“I waited for the VAR to check, I told my team-mates ‘it was a clear penalty’.

“I don’t mind the referee getting it wrong on the pitch, but I don’t understand the point of VAR.

“Either get rid of it or get better. It’s that simple, there’s too many mistakes.”

Gordon had the support of his manager Eddie Howe, who is usually quite tame when it comes to criticising officials.

But he said there were no excuses for the penalty not being given and the England international could be seen with a hole and sore mark on his leg afterwards.

Howe added: “I thought it was a penalty. I thought that’s what VAR was good at.

“I have always been in an era where the referee makes a decision and I back it.

“I would possibly keep it [VAR] with offsides, but I want more power with referees.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.