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Dean Smith disputes VAR call against Aston Villa in Arsenal defeat

Smith disputes VAR call against Villa in Arsenal defeat
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Dean Smith suggests that a VAR call which led to a penalty should not have gone against Aston Villa during their 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has disputed whether VAR should have been able to intervene and award Arsenal a penalty during Friday's Premier League fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

Villa had been on the brink of going into half time trailing 1-0 before VAR advised the referee to view a challenge by Matt Targett on Alexandre Lacazette.

The referee deemed his failure to initially award a penalty as a clear and obvious error, while he also allowed enough time for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to convert the rebound from his missed spot kick despite being over the allocated added-on time.

Smith was left frustrated with both decisions, which ultimately proved pivotal as the Gunners posted a 3-1 victory in North London.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Smith said: "It is a lower contact tackle. Grey areas, does he touch the ball first or his leg first? I thought they were the ones we were not going to VAR for. I am even wondering why he is allowed to put the rebound in.

"My understanding was he is walking off the pitch if he does not go to VAR, they cant give me any clarity on that."

A third successive defeat for Villa has left them sitting in 13th position in the top-flight standings.

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