Eddie Howe: Newcastle boss says use of VAR seems to have been ‘diluted’, confirming club have written to PGMOL | Football News

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe admitted his confusion over using the VAR after a series of controversial decisions went against his struggling side.

The Magpies wrote to the referees body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited, to ask for clarity after penalties were denied in Liverpool, where they also conceded a controversial equalizer with midfielder Isaac Hayden on the ground with a head injury, and in home versus Manchester City.

Howe said, “I’m just slightly confused about using VAR. Initially when VAR was introduced it was used regularly to try to make the right decision because ultimately that’s what we’re all looking for, we all look for the right decision. in that moment.

“But for some reason, I think the use has been diluted. I don’t see him intervening as effectively as in the early stages in a positive way, and I feel he has definitely influenced us in the last few games, where especially watching Ryan Fraser’s crash against Manchester City, you think VAR should come into play.

“That’s the job. If the referee doesn’t see him for whatever reason, then he gets help.

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“When I also think back to the Liverpool incidents, if Liverpool could have influenced [referee] Mike Dean, probably not because of Isaac Hayden’s head injury, but certainly more communication is needed between the fourth referee and the referee, who had the same opinion as me, that it was clear that the game should have been stopped. “

Newcastle’s move came after midfielder Fraser, who believed he was fouled inside the penalty area by Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield on Thursday night, was swept away Sunday by City goalkeeper Ederson at St James’s. ‘Park, but he didn’t earn a spot. kicks on both occasions.

Howe said: “All we ask is just a little clarity on the decisions, actually, and how the referees of the moment, whether it’s on the pitch or the use of VAR, came up with those decisions. This is all we are asking for.

Isaac Hayden was injured when Diogo Jota scored Liverpool equalizer
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Isaac Hayden got injured when Diogo Jota scored for Liverpool

“There was definitely a feeling of injustice, I can sense that in the group, I think there was disbelief about some things in the games that went against us.

“But it’s mostly about looking to the future and trying to educate ourselves on why certain things didn’t happen and on the use of VAR, which I think has certainly been controversial as far as we are concerned.”

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