The Key Match Incident panel revealed that VAR has made six incorrect interventions in the Premier League during the first half of the season. The goal by Gabriel Martinelli that was disallowed in Arsenal’s loss to Manchester United in September is one of the six errors. Due to a foul on Christian Eriksen by Martin Odegaard in the buildup to the goal, referee Paul Tierney disallowed the Brazil forward’s goal in the 12th minute, preventing Arsenal from scoring.
In accordance with a higher threshold approach, the independent panel also found that throughout the first 16 match rounds, or 160 matches, of all KMI events to date, there had been six missed VAR interventions in the Premier League from the larger pool of decision-making. With the appointment of Howard Webb, who has begun serving as the PGMOL’s chief refereeing officer and will soon meet with important figures at Premier League and English Football League clubs, it is believed that fewer errors will be committed. After receiving plaudits for how VAR was implemented in the MLS under his supervision, Webb, 51, who officiated the 2010 World Cup final, is expected to increase openness in the PGMOL.
The Premier League has requested permission from the sport’s legislators to participate in an experiment that would implement temporary concussion substitutes at the start of the upcoming season. Through FIFPro and the World Leagues Forum, the Premier League, MLS, and Ligue 1 have submitted a combined application to the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The current concussion protocols in place in the top division, where a head injury evaluation is carried out on the field and a permanent concussion substitute is utilized as necessary, have been discussed with doctors at all 20 Premier League clubs over the previous four to six weeks.
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