The Premier League was accused of changing the VAR rules after another day of huge controversy which saw Liverpool denied victory by a contentious late penalty.
Former official and BT Sport pundit Peter Walton said he thinks referees chief Mike Riley has ‘lowered the bar’ for what constitutes a clear and obvious error after VAR intervened for a foul by Andy Robertson on Brighton striker Danny Welbeck.
The decision led Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to call for VAR to be scrapped and claimed it is ruining the game.
Stuart Attwell waved play-on only for the VAR Kevin Friend to advise the on-field referee to go to the monitor as he thought a clear and obvious error had been made.
Attwell reversed his decision, awarded a penalty which Pascal Gross scored to earn Brighton a 1-1 draw.
‘I’ve got to recalibrate my thinking,’ said Walton. ‘VAR was brought in for clear and obvious errors. Just because there is contact it doesn’t mean it is a foul.
‘You can clearly see there is contact and you can give the penalty for that but the point I am trying to make is does VAR need to intervene for that?
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