Newcastle United, and other sides fans, have slammed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s after his complaints after Newcastle’s winner, against his side, have been proven incorrect.
He was furious that Anthony Gordon’s 64th-minute winner was allowed to stand following a triple VAR check for a possible offside, a possible foul and whether the ball had gone out of play in the build‑up.
Now, Howard Webb dismissed his claims on Sky Sports last night and insisted VAR got all three reviews in Anthony Gordon’s goal correct, reports The Guardian.
The Arsenal manager had said he felt “sick” and “embarrassed” by the “disgraceful” decision after the game and was supported by a withering statement from his club the following day that insisted PGMOL “urgently needs to address the standard of officiating” in the Premier League.
Webb said: “We know the ball is curved so it can be overhanging the line and we need evidence that it’s out and we don’t have that here. The ball then comes over and Joelinton challenges Gabriel. Could be a foul, might be a foul, the VAR decides that the evidence from the footage isn’t clear enough to warrant and intervene with a recommendation for a review for a clear error. And then one of those unusual situations where the ball goes between two players and trying to identify exactly when the ball leaves Joelinton is really difficult to establish because of the players being so close together.
“So again, no conclusive evidence that Gordon was offside when the ball was last touched to him. The VAR went through that diligently and identified no clear evidence to intervene to overturn the goal. The process actually was correct.”