The Prem table if VAR errors hadn’t cheated Utd, City, Spurs and Co out of points

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED, City and Tottenham are just a few of the teams hard done by with VAR decisions this season.While the video replay system has cleared up doubt with a number of key decisions, the pendulum has violently swung between pernickety fiddling on minor infringements and blasé shrugs at clear fouls.3 SunSport’s Martin Lipton reviewed every major VAR decision – and non-decisions – so far this season before making his call on what SHOULD have happened. This is how the table would look if those calls had been made.Stonewall penalties such as Jamal Lascelles’ cleverly disguised pull down on Harry Kane should have been caught by the slow-motion review, which has preferred to crack the whip on attackers flicking the ball as it pings across the box.Offsides are now measured by the millimetre to ensure a very exact level of fairness – hard to argue with in theory but a little tedious in the heat of the moment.VAR OVERTURNSWest Ham v Man City: Jesus goal disallowed, Aguero missed penalty retaken and scoredScore without VAR: 0-5Leicester v Wolves: Dendoncker goal disallowedScore without VAR: 0-1Brighton v West Ham: Trossard goal disallowedScore without VAR: 2-1Man City v Spurs: Jesus goal disallowedScore without VAR: 3-2Norwich v Chelsea: Zouma goal disallowedScore without VAR: 2-4The most momentous decision in the opening four weeks saw Manchester City have a late winner over Spurs ruled out because of Aymeric Laporte’s acute handball.Brighton and Wolves have also had winning goals taken off them, while strikes to make victories more comfortable were stripped off City and Chelsea.But it is the unfairly missed decisions that are most galling.The ‘clear and obvious’ error rule with penalty fouls is being interpreted with incredibly high standards.MISSED VAR OVERRULESMan City v Spurs: Lamela concedes penalty for Rodri foulAdjusted score: 3-2Norwich v Chelsea: Stiepermann foul on Azpilicueta is a penaltyAdjusted score: 2-4Man Utd v C Palace: Martial hauled down by Kelly in boxAdjusted score: 2-2Bournemouth v Man City: Lerma clear foul on SilvaAdjusted score: 2-4Spurs v Newcastle: Lascelles brings down Kane in boxAdjusted score: 1-1West Ham v Norwich: Clear foul on Haller in the boxAdjusted score: 3-0Newcastle v Watford: Handball in lead-up to Newcastle equaliser missed by VARAdjusted score: 0-1Erik Lamela has been allowed to grab Rodri by the neck as a corner came in and Martin Kelly able to manhandle Anthony Martial as he aimed to shoot.Such was the ferocity of the foul on City midfielder Rodri, Pep Guardiola remarked that VAR had “gone for a coffee” at that point of the 2-2 draw.But the boot was on the other foot as Spurs’ equalising penalty versus Newcastle went by the wayside, showing that perhaps VAR luck will equal itself out over the season – just as we have always told ourselves regular decisions do.3Latest Football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100Something must soon be about to come back and bite the Magpies then, as Isaac Hayden’s handball before the leveller versus Watford was missed due to “human error”.It shows how a major flaw with VAR isn’t so much the fact we have replays but the fact humans are still in charge of them.The system still needs to develop and is certainly not going to go away – let’s just hope there is a plan to fix the kinks rather than simply being told to live with them.3 United were left furious by the decision when trailing to PalaceCredit: ReutersPep Guardiola hits out at VAR in 90 second press conference as Manchester City miss out on another penaltylast_img read more