Lee Mason has not been selected as a VAR for a Premier League match this weekend after a controversial disallowed goal for Newcastle on Saturday.
Mason, who became a specialist referee at the start of last season after retiring as a referee, was on the podium of Newcastle’s match against Crystal Palace on Saturday as the hosts disallowed a goal.
Referee Michael Salisbury was initially awarded an own goal by Terek Mitchell for Newcastle, but after Mason recommended a review, he fouled Joe Willock who collided with Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
The replay indicated that the collision was due to Mitchell pushing Willock in the back and that the target should have been standing.
The Premier League is understood to have asked the Professional Match Officials Group (PGMOL) in charge of referees for more information on that incident, as well as the decision to reject Maxwell Cornet’s late goal for West Ham at Chelsea the same afternoon.
Andrew Madley, the referee who disallowed the goal at Stamford Bridge, has been chosen to officiate Liverpool’s match against Wolverhampton on Saturday, while the match’s video assistant referee, Jared Gillett, will be the referee for Leicester’s match against Aston Villa on the same day. .
Gillette in the role of VAR advised Madley to look again at the goal, after West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen spotted a potential foul on Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy during the run-up.
David Moyes, President of Hammers He was very unhappy He described the decision not to allow the goal as “scandal”.
Mason was the VAR implicated in two controversial red card incidents in January and February last year, with Mike Dean the referee on both occasions. Mason did not officiate a match in the weekend following the second of those incidents, but was listed as a fourth official.
He was involved in another controversial incident later in February 2021. Brighton defender Louis Dunk scored a quick free kick in the first half of the Premier League match at West Brom, which Mason called off before changing his mind and conceding the goal.
However, after the VAR referee checked the goal, Mason had to blow his whistle again to confirm his disqualification, prompting angry reactions from Brighton players.
Dunk described the decision to disqualify the goal as “appalling” and claimed the referee lost control of the match, which the hosts won 1-0.
Salisbury will be the VAR for Southampton’s match against Brentford this weekend.
Former governors chief Keith Hackett feels officials have been “off-duty” due to a lack of leadership by PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley, who will step down at the end of the year to be replaced by Howard Webb.
“We are in our fourth VAR season and we are not playing it well,” Hackett told the Palestinian News Agency.
“These officials don’t make it to the Premier League without being good referees. In some ways, they were made to look like idiots this weekend because of what happened. They must feel let down.
“They’ve stopped working to dry because there’s no leadership. There’s no guidance, and there’s no training.
“It should ultimately be up to the person who runs the organization (Riley). The interaction between the referee and VAR is questionable.
“One of the reasons for that is that you have existing referees who might suddenly rule on Saturday to suddenly referee rule on Sunday. I don’t think that helps with good governance.”
Hackett says PGMOL should move to create a panel of individuals whose only job is to serve as VAR custodians and invite them to work as teams with a referee and his assistants to improve communication.
Hackett believes the referees are “conditioned” to agree to the VAR’s advice when asked to review the decision and added: “They see the transition from (making) the decision to the pitch steward as a walk of shame.”