From the "We are top of the league" thread....
But Mike Dean was chronic yesterday....Missed the horror tackle by Sterling on Dele Ali, despite being 2 yards away Missed the clear penalty..then failed to see Lloris come off his line to make the save..then gives a Penalty for a Sterling dive..VAR overturned it..then fails to book Sterling and send him off for second yellow..then Books Zinchenko even tho about 7 players did much the same as him, which meant he was sent off for a second yellow later on.
He got just about every important decision wrong. Mike Dean...worst ref performance of the season.
He was at least 20 yards away from the penalty incident at the time, and unable to see it.
He did not award a penalty for a dive. He gave a goal kick. VAR reviewed the penalty claim and rejected it. The goal kick was then taken.
One respected media outlet looking for headlines, called it a game packed with VAR decisions. In reality, there was one decision changed by VAR. There were 3 decisions made by VAR at the weekend, the average number per weekend, all correct, and showing again why it is necessary. In the league so far,
75 wrong decisions (outrages/injustices/diving/cheating) changed. 1/3.3 games
9 Goals awarded
35 ghost goals disallowed.
12 more penalties awarded than last season.
4 ghost penalties (outrages/injustices/diving/cheating) cancelled.
3 red cards rescinded i.e 3 players saved from automatic 3 game bans they would serve without VAR in operation.
Mistaken Identity cases: 0.
Average time taken per decision: 91 seconds.
I'm sure the EPL/PGMOL can just roll out them stats when people sing about VAR and can't come up with alternatives.