The decision to award a penalty for a foul on Bruno Fernandes should have been overturned, the Premier League have confirmed, insisting that three penalty decisions that went to VAR on Thursday arrived at the wrong outcome.
Fernandes earned Manchester United their 13th Premier League penalty of the season, with the in-form new arrival getting up to convert, setting United on their way to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Replays suggested that Fernandes stood on Ezri Konsa’s ankle as he fell to the floor, but after referee Jon Moss had awarded a penalty, the VAR did not overrule the on-field official.
“I can understand Jon Moss getting it wrong but that goes to VAR, I don’t know what they are looking at,” Villa boss Dean Smith said. “It’s a disgraceful decision. I can’t really tell you what I think about it as I’ll get fined. It’s a poor decision. They’ve got a screen they can go to and look at but they don’t seem to be bothered now.”
Such a decision should have been overturned, the Premier League told the BBC, as should the decision to give Southampton a penalty when Andre Gomes was adjudged to have pushed Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse over in the penalty area at Goodison Park. Ward-Prowse, however, missed the spot kick.
Jose Mourinho was similarly livid to see Tottenham not awarded a penalty for an apparent push from Josh King on Harry Kane, even after VAR had another look. Again, the Premier League confirmed the VAR had got it wrong.