EPL: Referees’ body releases statement on VAR decisions during Burnley vs Man Utd

The Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) Board have released a statement after the controversial double incident during Manchester United’s win at Burnley.

During the first half at Turf Moor, VAR was called on to check two fouls at once.

In a controversial passage of play, VAR was used to check if Burnley defender Robbie Brady should be shown a red card for bringing down Edinson Cavani in a clear goalscoring opportunity.

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However, the check ended with Luke Shaw being booked for a challenge on Johann Gudmundsson just a few seconds before, which was also checked by the video referee.

The PGMOL have now explained their decision and the steps that referee Kevin Friend took.

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“When the referee was at the screen, he was first shown the challenge by Shaw on Johann Berg Gudmundson.

“He determined that this was a foul and was part of the phase of play that led to the challenge by Brady.

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“The restart was a Burnley free-kick, with Brady’s yellow card rescinded, and a yellow card issued to Shaw,” the statement read in part.

EPL: Referees’ body releases statement on VAR decisions during Burnley vs Man Utd

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