Premier League issue official response to rule change proposal after Newcastle United demand

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Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe has had his say on the discussion to potentially scrap VAR in the Premier League.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe believes more power should be given back to referees after the potential scrapping of VAR became a talking point on Wednesday.

The Magpies were victims of a controversial refereeing call at Manchester United after Anthony Gordon went down inside the penalty area following clear contact from Sofyan Amrabat. Referee Rob Jones waved play-on during the match and VAR refrained from intervening.

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VAR’s lack of application at Old Trafford was much to Howe’s frustration at full-time as Newcastle lost the game 3-2.

“It's an absolute stonewall penalty, I don't know how VAR has not got involved in that - that's its job,” he said. “I'm the same with VAR as I've always been, I like the power being with the referee even if they miss penalties like they did today.

“For me, offsides yes but give more power to the referees.”

Anthony Gordon is challenged by Casemiro and Sofyan Amrabat.Anthony Gordon is challenged by Casemiro and Sofyan Amrabat.
Anthony Gordon is challenged by Casemiro and Sofyan Amrabat.

Gordon also demanded VAR to ‘get better’ or scrap it after being on the receiving end of the decision.

“I knew straight away, that is why I didn't appeal. I waited for the VAR to check, I told my team-mates 'it was a clear penalty',” he told Sky Sports. “I don't understand the point of it, either get rid of it or get better - it's that simple.”

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In the build-up to the match, it was revealed that Premier League clubs would discuss the future of VAR after a motion brought forward by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Clubs will vote on whether to scrap VAR at the Premier League’s upcoming AGM next month. But the Premier League have already issued an official response to the motion, stating: “The Premier League can confirm it will facilitate a discussion on VAR with our clubs at the annual general meeting next month.

“Clubs are entitled to put forward proposals at Shareholders’ meetings and we acknowledge the concerns and issues around the use of VAR.

“However, the League fully supports the use of VAR and remains committed, alongside PGMOL, to make continued improvements to the system for the benefit of the game and fans.” 

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