Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been left “bewildered” by two VAR errors in matches involving the Gunners and Brighton on Saturday.
The Gunners were angry as Ivan Toney’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Brentford should’ve been ruled out for offside, while Brighton were left frustrated as Pervis Estupinan’s first-half strike in a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace was wrongly chalked off for offside.
It was confirmed on Sunday that referees chief Howard Webb has contacted both Arsenal and the Seagulls over the ‘significant errors’ during their matches.
A statement read: “PGMOL can confirm its Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb has contacted both Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion to acknowledge and explain the significant errors in the VAR process in their respective Premier League fixtures on Saturday.
“Both incidents, which were due to human error and related to the analysis of offside situations, are being thoroughly reviewed by PGMOL.”
Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett advised the PGMOL to sack Lee Mason, who was VAR during the Arsenal match against Brentford.
Hackett wrote on Twitter: “Howard Webb is now in charge of the PGMOL. One of the first things he should do is dismiss permanent VAR operator Lee Mason.
“This weekend, Mason lets another referee down by not disallowing the Brentford goal for offside. These are decisions that VAR should get right.”
And before hearing about the PGMOL statement, Arsenal legend Wright launched a rant on his TikTok channel, he said: “Bro… I’m just sitting here just confused… bewildered at what I saw from the refs with the VAR yesterday.
“I cannot believe it. I cannot believe what I saw. What are the consequences for Brighton with trying to get into Europe?
“What are the consequences for Graham Potter? Finally we saw a Chelsea team doing some stuff in that first half-an-hour and I was thinking, ‘Yes! Graham Potter, you’re starting to get it’ – you know…
“What are the consequences for Arsenal, man? Trying to put a title run together man… what are the consequences… best league in the world they say.
“That’s what we say, ‘Oh, best league in the world’…
“Those mistakes… what is going to happen? What’s going to happen from the refs or the PGMOL? We’re going to get an apology?
“Someone’s going to get a suspension? A break disguised as a suspension…
“You can’t even blame the technology, man. In two cases… they drew the lines in the wrong place, man! The wrong place… Jesus… I don’t know man, I don’t know.”
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