Souness and Jordan on VAR
Graeme Souness insists ‘perfection’ with VAR is impossible but he was still flabbergasted by the decision to rule out a goal for Newcastle United. The former Magpies boss can’t understand how referee Michael Salisbury missed the push on Joe Willock in the build-up to Tyrick Mitchell’s goal.
Eddie Howe believes the hosts were denied a ‘perfectly good’ goal in their frustrating goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Newcastle fended off a number of good chances to break the deadlock but temporarily took the lead in unusual circumstances when Mitchell deflected the ball into his own net.
The goal was initially allowed, but Salisbury was then asked to review the decision on the pitchside monitor by VAR Lee Mason. After a long break in the proceedings, the referee canceled the call and penalized Willock for the collision with Vincente Guiata.
Souness believes fouls in football will always be “subjective”, meaning contentious refereeing calls will always be part of the sport. However, the Liverpool legend believes the push on Willock was a foul that should have resulted in the goal standing.
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