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A look at the VAR controversies in the Premier League this season

:Headline: A look at the VAR controversies in the Premier League this season:
Tottenham feel aggrieved after Bramall Lane incident.

There was more VAR controversy in the Premier League on Thursday as Tottenham were denied a goal in a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United.

Here, the PA news agency looks at that decision and four more of the most contentious verdicts this season.

Lucas Moura's handball

Harry Kane's goal was ruled out at Sheffield United after Lucas Moura's apparent handball (Oli Scarff/NMC Pool/PA)

Spurs were denied what looked like a perfectly good equaliser against the Blades when Harry Kane rolled home a loose ball. However, VAR official Michael Oliver ruled that Lucas Moura had grazed the ball with his hand as he fell. Contact was minimal at best, not to mention that Moura had been clearly fouled. The goal was chalked off and Spurs were not even afforded a free-kick.

Liverpool get away with one

Such is the inconsistency in the handball rule, Liverpool got away with what looked a blatant one in their crunch clash with Manchester City. City burst into a dangerous position in the Reds' box and the ball clearly hit Trent Alexander-Arnold's outstretched arm. The referee waved play on and Liverpool went up the other end and scored in a game-changing moment. The video assistant referee did not overrule the decision and Liverpool were in front instead of conceding a penalty.

Jan Vertonghen's trip

Watford's Gerard Deulofeu, right, was denied a clear penalty against Spurs (PA)

Spurs were the beneficiaries of one of the most puzzling decisions in their match with Watford. Gerard Deulofeu broke into the box and looked to be tripped by defender Jan Vertonghen. No penalty was given at the time, with the Spaniard pleading with the referee Chris Kavanagh to check with VAR. He did, but somewhat amazingly Kavanagh's decision stood after the VAR official chose not to see what appeared an obvious trip.

John Lundstram's big toe

The multi-coloured perpendicular lines are going to be an enduring image of the season, having ruled out plenty of goals for the most marginal offside decisions. There was Roberto Firmino's armpit at Aston Villa and Pedro Neto's hand at Anfield, but perhaps none were more frustrating than John Lundstram's big toe which saw Sheffield United robbed of a goal at Spurs. A few centimetres of Lundstram's boot were ruled offside as he crossed, from which David McGoldrick scored from a second phase of play.

Technology fail


There was more misery for Sheffield United in the first game back after the coronavirus suspension as they were denied a goal by a technology breakdown, with VAR heavily criticised for not intervening. Oliver Norwood's free-kick was carried over the line by Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland. The Hawk-Eye technology inexplicably did not work as all seven cameras were blocked, meaning referee Michael Oliver did not receive a notification. He allowed play to continue, which means that VAR could not intervene, despite replays showing the ball had clearly crossed the line.

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CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
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10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
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