LONDON – The Premier League is finally owning up to refereeing mistakes – thanks to the technology that was supposed to cut down on them.
Uncertainty about the application of VAR in the opening month of the season has left teams confused as to why wrong decisions have not been overturned in games.
It turns out at least four of them should have been corrected after being reviewed on video. Some managers would add other disputed calls to that list, but the candor by referees' head Mike Riley is a starting point for a league that has hardly ever acknowledged mistakes by its officials.
"Where we have made mistakes we have to learn from them," Riley said after presenting to clubs on Thursday. "There are things we can learn and constantly improve."
Penalties should have been awarded to Manchester City's David Silva and West Ham's Sebastien Haller in separate games, Riley said. The decision of the VAR to not overturn the initial on-pitch calls did not have an impact on the results because City went on to beat Bournemouth and West Ham defeated Norwich.