Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty issue

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

The system was used twice in the first half, first for a shove by Calum Chambers on Cesar Azpilicueta in the penalty area, which resulted in Martin Atkinson speaking to the pair.

But Atkinson and VAR concluded that there was no from Moses and Maitland-Niles was simply taking safety measures - rather than trying to deceive the official - when he went down. "I think this could be positive, for sure". It's not a massive touch but he does push the ball away.

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Atkinson did not have to go to the pitch-side screen at any point during the game, and took instructions from VAR Neil Swarbrick in Heathrow.

"The whole idea of the protocol is to have minimum interference on the game but get the right decisions to have the maximum impact".

While Redknapp was in agreement with his fellow pundit about the correct decision being made, he felt the technology "undermines the referees".

'As it goes in, you can actually see.

Antonio Conte was also disappointed with the lack of added time at the end of the match
Antonio Conte was also disappointed with the lack of added time at the end of the match

Referees chief Mike Riley believes the Video Assistant Referee experiment in English football has begun well and can add value to the game.

"That (1minute 25seconds) is a little bit longer than we have done in training", said Riley. It did everything right that it was asked to do.

Replays showed Welbeck got a slight touch on the ball, and Atkinson again returned to his original call of no penalty. I think today it was successful. I'm trying to come up with a man of the match, and Thierry [Henry] suggested VAR!

"We could have nicked a goal but we look forward to the second leg".

Wenger questioned the delay between the incident and the VAR review after the second penalty appeal, following Danny Welbeck's tackle on Cesc Fabregas in the box, was turned down by Atkinson but reviewed after several minutes.

"Currently, if you look at the referee, you will see him put his finger in his ear but I accept that in the stadium that can be quite hard to see so the question now is how can we improve that experience for spectators".


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