Premier League chief referee Howard Webb has called all referees for an emergency meeting after two major mistakes by VAR in separate matches on Saturday.
Brentford’s equalizing goal at Arsenal was wrongly left standing due to a human error by the video assistant referee, who failed to draw the correct offside lines.
And Brighton had a goal wrongly ruled out in the game against Crystal Palace after the offside line was drawn by the wrong defender.
Webb has now called the summit, which will take place at Stockley Park, due to the seriousness of the errors which could have consequences for the referees involved: Lee Mason, who failed to put the right lines to find out if a Brentford player was offside l ‘accumulation and John Brooks who appeared to identify the wrong building defender.
Brooks was subsequently sacked by Var for Monday’s Merseyside derby and then the top-of-the-table clash between Arsenal and Manchester City on Wednesday.
The mistakes could have a significant impact on the Premier League title race, with Arsenal dropping two points to Ivan Toney’s goal left up, and the battle for the European places.
Webb, the new chief refereeing officer at Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), spoke to Arsenal and Brighton on Sunday to discuss the “significant errors”.
In a statement, PGMOL said: “PGMOL can confirm that its Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb has contacted both Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion to acknowledge and explain the significant errors in the VAR process in their respective Premier League matches on Saturday. .
“Both incidents, which were due to human error and related to the analysis of offside situations, are undergoing a thorough review by PGMOL.”
In the match between Arsenal and Brentford, Var operator Mason did not examine whether Brentford midfielder Christian Norgaard was offside before crossing for Toney to score.
It is understood Mason had instead focused on a possible offside attack seconds earlier, involving Ethan Pinnock and Arsenal defender Gabriel, before failing to “investigate fully” Norgaard’s positioning.
On Sunday, Brentford said Toney received a series of abusive and racist messages on social media after the game.
Brentford said he was “disgusted and saddened” by the abuse and vowed to do everything in his power to prosecute the people who texted the attacker.
Toney suffered similar abuse earlier this season, leading a 24-year-old man to apologize in court for racially abusing the Brentford player. Antonio Neill, from Northumberland, will return to court for sentencing in March.
“Immediately following Brentford’s match against Arsenal, Ivan Toney received a barrage of abusive and racist direct messages via his Instagram account,” Brentford said in a statement.
“We are disgusted and saddened that Ivan had to go through this all over again. We will not tolerate this and will do everything we can to prosecute those involved.
“Ivan was subjected to similar abuse in October last year and the perpetrator is now facing the consequences in court. How many times does that have to happen?”
In Brighton’s draw at Selhurst Park, the offside line was drawn by the wrong Palace defender after Pervis Estupinan scored for Roberto De Zerbi’s side.
“As confirmed to the club by PGMOL last night, a serious mistake was made in disallowing Pervis Estupinan’s goal at Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon,” Brighton said on Sunday.
“The lines drawn in the Var room to determine if Pervis was in an offside position were drawn incorrectly and the goal should have stood.
“Although extremely disappointed by the mistake, the club has accepted PGMOL’s apology and will not be making further comment.”