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Anthony Gordon questions ‘VAR point’ after penalty decision: ‘Either get rid of it or get better’

Anthony Gordon questioned “the point of VAR” after a decision not to award the Newcastle United winger a penalty following a challenge from Manchester United’s Sofyan Amrabat was not overturned during Wednesday’s Premier League defeat.

Gordon appeared to be pulled onto the back of his heel by Amrabat as he entered the penalty area in the first half of Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford, before Casemiro slid in to win the ball.

Referee Rob Jones did not award a penalty and he was not recommended to review this decision by Peter Bankes on VAR duty.

“I’ve looked back at the incident, it’s a clear penalty,” Gordon told Sky Sports. “I don’t mind the referee getting it wrong on the pitch because it’s a difficult decision, things happen very quickly, but then I don’t understand what the point of VAR is. It’s there to correct mistakes, he goes past my Achilles tendon and pushes me in the back, then Casemiro comes and takes the ball, but for that it’s two fouls. I honestly don’t see the point in it.

“I knew immediately (it was a foul). That’s why I didn’t appeal because I don’t mind the referee not giving it because it’s quick, but I’m waiting for the VAR to check it. You see me saying to my teammates: ‘Don’t worry, it’s a penalty, it’s a clear penalty.’ Then we move on, I don’t have a sock anymore and I don’t understand the point of it, I really don’t.”

The incident happened hours later The Athletics The reported Premier League clubs will vote at their annual general meeting next month on a proposal to abolish the VAR system from the start of next season.

VAR has been used in the English top flight since 2019, improving decision-making but also causing ongoing controversy.

Gordon said that while he was in favor of the technology being used, he wanted to see a change in how it is implemented.

“It’s a big decision. I actually love it, I love the idea… It should be something that works in the league, but it isn’t,” he added. “There are too many mistakes all the time. We’ve missed too many opportunities to blame it on anything else…

“It’s a clear, obvious and obvious mistake. I don’t know how you can misunderstand it. So either get rid of it or get better, it’s very simple.”

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