Tottenham Hotspur crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United in one of the most abject performances of Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure.
Spurs’ biggest moment of the match was a strong penalty appeal for Harry Kane, which was dismissed by both Mike Dean and then VAR.
The PGMOL has explained why VAR decided to remain with the referee’s original call not to award the penalty.
Harry Kane denied penalty by referee and VAR
Should #THFC have had a penalty?
Lo Celso puts Kane through and Lascelles appears to tumble, cutting across the path of the forward!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 25, 2019
With Tottenham pushing hard for an equaliser, they saw their appeal for a penalty turned down with just under 13 minutes remaining.
Kane was slotted through by Giovani Lo Celso, but before he could produce an effort at goal, he got caught in a tangle with Jamaal Lascelles.
The English defender appeared to lose his footing, before falling to the ground and taking Kane with him.
The referee said no penalty, and, following a review from VAR, the technology decided to remain with the original call.
PGMOL: Not enough evidence for VAR to overturn original call
From #PGMOL on Kane #VAR call at #TOTNEW: “It was considered not to be a penalty by the on-field referee. As this was a subjective decision, the VAR deemed that there was not enough evidence to overturn the original call and so stuck with the on-field decision.”
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) August 25, 2019
The PGMOL has produced a controversial statement regarding the VAR’s decision to remain with Dean’s call.
Due to insufficient evidence and, therefore, the incident being deemed ‘subjective’, VAR decided not to overturn the original call.
101 Great Goals opinion:
On one hand, VAR has been unable to give a definitive answer – which is what we hoped the technology would provide us with.
But equally, given how subjective the incident was, it is positive VAR has not just made its own decision and instead stuck with the referee’s original call.
Ultimalty, the decsion could have gone either way and subjective incidents like these are not what football fans want VAR to muscle in on.
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