Hawk-Eye Apologizes for VAR Error in Watford vs Tottenham Match
Hawk-Eye Innovations that provide video assistant referee technology to the Premier League apologized to Watford and Tottenham fans. The apology was for the VAR error during the match. The big screen initially showed a No Goal decision by the VAR.
The VAR review decided that the goal was correctly awarded to Dele Alli. However, the big screen showed the VAR decision was a no goal. After the initial confusion, the goal stood and the game ended as a 1-1 draw.
For most of the game, it looked like Watford was going to get its first win of the Premier League season. Tottenham fans thought it was going to earn its fifth defeat in 6 games. In fact, Watford scored first with a Daryl Janmaat cross to Abdoulaye Doucoure. They did it without Danny Welbeck, who suffered a hamstring injury early in the game.
The VAR error made sports news headlines worldwide. However, it was not the only VAR controversy in the match. Watford fans thought they had a strong case against Jan Vertonghen, who brought down Gerard Deulofeu in the penalty box. However, referee Chris Kavanagh and VAR turned down the appeal.
The VAR decided that the referee didn’t make any obvious error in not giving the penalty. In the entire season of the Premier League, VAR only changed one subjective decision. Most reversals by the VAR were objective incidents, such as offsides.
Watford’s manager told sportsbook software insiders that he believed it was a penalty. It could have given them a 2-0 lead if they scored the penalty kick. Then came the VAR error when the screen showed No Goal. However, the referee said the goal stood and the game ended with an even score.
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