PREMIER LEAGUE professionals feel pressured to accept VAR changes – even when they believe they made the right initial decision.
Worried officials fear that if they stay out of their call, they could face retribution from their bosses.
Ref owners have given in to Liverpool Controversial penalty at Crystal Palace Candlestick NOT was awarded after Diogo Jota clashed with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
But Kevin Friend’s The screen flip following the intervention of VAR referee Craig Pawson is part of a pattern, and SunSport can reveal there have been 49 recommended screen flips in England’s top flight this season.
Unlike the previous term, when the referees stuck with their initial calls on five occasions, this campaign ALL 49 The decision was changed after the trip to the communication line.
That’s a direct result of guidance from the Professional Match Organizers (PGMOL) at the start of the season, when officials were told the “higher threshold” for interventions meant the introduction would are only brought to supervision when they have made an obvious error.
A source said: “The referees have made it quite clear that they are expected to change their mind if they are asked to do an on-field review.
“The final decision is always with them, but if a change is recommended, they know they must follow the advice.”
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Last season, the referees came to supervise 87 times and agreed to change 82 of their decisions, with 5 situations where they kept the original calling.
SunSport columnist and former Prem employee Mark Halsey revealed that he has been informed that officials are ordered to accept VAR’s recommendations this term.
PGMOL sources stressed that there are “expectations” that VAR calls will be maintained after head of reference Mike Riley told officials to make a “high bar”.
An insider explained: “A higher offense threshold has been introduced which means that a vehicle should not be overturned unless it is an obvious fault.
“So when any referee is asked to come over right now, he expects it to be because he was clearly wrong and is looking for confirmation on that. We still think it’s the right approach.”
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