The Premier League trialed VAR (video assistant referees) at five of Saturday’s fixtures, with one of them being Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.
And according to the BBC, only one decision would have been overturned in all five matches – and it would have impacted Manchester City in a positive way.
Leroy Sané put the ball in the Fulham net just before half-time but was judged to be offside. The goal would have made the game 3-0 and been Leroy’s second after he struck in 97 seconds to open the scoring. Ultimately the goal had no effect on the game, but should have stood.
Why wasn’t it overturned if there was a trial? Because the trial took place at the central VAR hub, and there was no communication with anyone at the matches – so no decisions could be changed.
The Premier League is said to be pleased with how the trial went after clubs voted against VAR’s introduction this season. It is possible that the technology could be introduced for the next Premier League campaign, but in the meantime domestic cups will utilise it.
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