Following the major Liverpool dispute, a new Premier League VAR change has been confirmed in Chelsea vs. Arsenal. Following the previous scandals, the Premier League has confirmed a significant VAR modification. Luis Diaz of Liverpool had a goal against Tottenham Hotspur unfairly disallowed after an incorrect ruling was conveyed from Stockley Park onto the pitch.
Darren England, the head of VAR, believed the on-field ruling was that Diaz’s goal was onside, and thus upon releasing him, he was obviously behind the final Spurs defender, and announced ‘check complete.’ The officials in the VAR room realized their mistake moments later, but it was considered too late to go back and award the goal, and Spurs went on to win the game 2-1.
As confusion around the initial judgment, Sky Sports’ Rob Hawthorne acknowledged on live that a change to the policy has been made to prevent such a controversy from occurring again. The term ‘pitch choice confirmed’ will be heard between the officials before the words check complete are stated to ensure they are both aware of what they are checking.
After Cole Palmer rushed in on Gabriel Jesus, the Chelsea star was issued a yellow card after the incident was reviewed for a possible sending off. After VAR requested an on-pitch review for a probable William Saliba hand ball, the winger handed the Blues the lead from the penalty spot moments later.
Chris Kavanagh then awarded the penalty, with Palmer sending David Raya the wrong way to put the hosts ahead in a fiery London derby. After only 25 minutes, Oleksandr Zinchenko was also booked for a foul on international teammate Mykhailo Mudryk, receiving two cards and a penalty.