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Officials confident VAR ruling in Wembley semi-final was right

Officials confident VAR ruling in Wembley semi-final was right
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Harry Kane's penalty in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg followed a VAR ruling that he was onside and had been fouled.

Harry Kane's controversial winner in Tottenham's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Wembley reignited the hot topic of the video assistant referee.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri were critical of its use after Kane was awarded and then netted a penalty to give the north Londoners a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg.

But Press Association Sport understands the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body responsible for match officials in English professional football, are confident the officials made the correct decision.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Carabao Cup – Semi Final – First Leg – Wembley Stadium
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is shown a yellow card by referee Michael Oliver during the Carabao Cup, semi final match at Wembley, London.

The drama unfolded just before the half hour when Kane was scythed down by Kepa Arrizabalaga inside the area.

Referee Michael Oliver consulted VAR, which ruled that the England striker was just onside and that he had been fouled.

Kane dispatched the subsequent penalty but the build-up to the spot-kick award was the main talking point.

Chelsea showed a screenshot of their own system, via a different camera angle, which indicated he was offside while Pochettino felt the decision had taken too long.

But it is understood the PGMOL has total faith in the official Hawk-Eye system and that Oliver and his assistants made the right call with the information and technology available.

The VAR system, which has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games this season, is set to launch in the Premier League next season.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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