Michail Antonio: West Ham forward says VAR ‘has made refereeing worse’

Newcastle's Callum Wilson goes down under a challenge from Manchester United's Raphael Varane
Newcastle’s Callum Wilson is going down below a problem from Manchester United’s Raphael Varane

West Ham’s Michail Antonio says VAR has “made refereeing worse” as referees now have “something to fall back on”.

He additionally complained about refereeing within the Hammers’ draw at Southampton, and then his supervisor David Moyes mentioned the VAR “needs to go to Specsavers”.

“Consistency is what you want,” Antonio advised The Footballer’s Football Podcast, with Newcastle striker Callum Wilson.

Antonio says Romain Perraud’s opening function of their 1-1 draw must no longer have stood because the referee Peter Bankes by accident blocked Jarrod Bowen’s trail to the ball, whilst claiming Kyle Walker-Peters had dedicated a bad throw within the build-up – however a VAR take a look at allowed the function to face.

Officials mentioned it was once a bad throw and the foundations additionally state a referee can not prevent a recreation except the ball in truth hits him.

Antonio added: “I honestly feel VAR’s made the refereeing worse, because they have something to fall back on. They go, ‘alright, if I get the decision wrong, VAR will get the decision right’.

“It offers them the relaxation of, ‘I will go away it to VAR and in the event that they mess it up, they are in additional hassle than I’m as a result of they are having a look at a video, while I’m observing it reside’.”

This season has already seen a number of controversial VAR and refereeing decisions.

Earlier this month Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte suggested refereeing and VAR in England is not at the required level.

In September, the PGMOL successfully accepted controversial VAR decisions made at Chelsea and Newcastle have been incorrect, whilst this month VAR choices surrounding the handball rule dominated a weekend’s action.

However, because the dialogue round the abuse of referees in grassroots football has also been high on the recent agenda, some have criticised negative media punditry around officials at the top of the sport as a contributing factor to behaviour at lower levels.

A learn about by means of records consultants Nielsen Gracenote discovered that by means of the tip of September, Premier League referees on reasonable had confirmed fewer pink playing cards than different primary European leagues.

Referees in England were also found to have awarded far fewer fouls (1,350) than other leagues.

Premier League clubs were informed of match officials maintaining a higher threshold regarding contact at the start of the season in order to make the game flow, a point made by video referee Mike Dean earlier this season.

In August, he advised the Daily Mailexternal-link that “referees are below orders this season to let video games drift as freely and legally as conceivable and that can not occur when they are blowing for free-kicks always”.

Dean mentioned: “Innocuous stoppages save you lovers from seeing a free-flowing recreation of top-flight soccer. We’re making use of a better threshold for fouls. The gamers, managers and golf equipment find out about this means, too. They all had this data shared earlier than the season’s get started and feature taken to it neatly.”

Wilson, who felt he must had been awarded a penalty after a problem by means of Raphael Varane in Sunday’s goalless draw towards Manchester United, added: “One of the United gamers mentioned to me, ‘what is came about to the usual of referees on this nation?’ That’s from a international participant, announcing that to me.

“I got wiped out, the defenders on their team are saying that should have been a penalty. I’m thinking, so, I get taken out, I don’t even get up and start appealing now, because I’m just fed up of like going mad at the referees.

“If the ref’s ignored it, I’m pondering VAR’s going to step in and do their activity. I’m looking ahead to the ball to head out of play after which I say, ‘what you announcing ref?’ He’s like, ‘it is by no means a penalty’.

‘Klopp’s pink card must be rescinded’

Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp was once despatched off overdue of their recreation after berating a referee’s assistant when a bad was once no longer given for a problem on Mohamed Salah.

He apologised for his response in his post-match feedback and was once charged by means of the Football Association on Tuesday.

The incident got here on a weekend the place Merseyside Youth League video games have been postponed amid ongoing problems with referee abuse.

Following Sunday’s incident, a referees’ charity known as for an inquiry into the touchline behaviour of managers, with Newcastle supervisor Eddie Howe and Everton boss Frank Lampard announcing managers have a “responsibility” to act.

West Ham boss Moyes defended Klopp and mentioned: “We all have great respect for referees. I hope they will understand that for 90 minutes we can lose our heads a little bit.”

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch and Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta in a similar fashion tackled the topic at their information meetings on Wednesday. Both admitted they might change into heated at the touchline however agreed they had to strengthen and stressed out the wish to recognize referees.

Antonio mentioned Klopp’s “embarrassing” pink card must be “rescinded” and mentioned he understood the German’s response.

“The Liverpool game was a wrestling match,” he added. “The fouls I was seeing on the pitch and the referee was just waving it on, I couldn’t believe it.

“There have been such a lot of eventualities the place it must had been fouls, Klopp’s no longer getting the fouls, loses his thoughts, shouts on the linesman as a result of it is proper in entrance of the linesman’s face after which they ship him off.

“At the end of the day, if you’re doing your job right, he doesn’t react that way and he doesn’t get sent off. This is a massive game in the season, You can’t mess it up that way.”

In the primary part, Manchester City had a Phil Foden function that will have put his facet forward dominated out by means of VAR for an Erling Haaland foul on Fabinho.

Speaking after the sport, City boss Pep Guardiola mentioned the referee had advised his assistant and Klopp that “he was not going to make fouls unless it was clear”.

“All the game it was ‘play on’ and ‘play on’ – except the goal we scored,” mentioned Guardiola, including that his workforce didn’t lose the sport because of the verdict.

Klopp mentioned he spoke to referee Anthony Taylor after the event, including: “The whole game led to that a little bit. It was a very, very intense game with a lot of decisions we didn’t understand on both sides.

“This for me was once like the only drop that made the bucket overflow. I’m no longer pleased with my response however that is the manner it was once and everyone noticed it.”

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