Two years of VAR: Most controversial decisions yet in the Premier League

VAR has been in use for Premier League games since the 2019/20 season, when it was voted in unanimously by clubs in a November 2018 meeting.

With a referee sitting at Stockley Park, their role has been to assist the on-pitch referee in making key decisions

But it has not always been seen that way as both fans and pundits have remonstrated against how the technology has been used by the officials.

And it has even caused arguments among referees as Neil Swarbrick, head of the Premier League’s VAR team, was filmed arguing with Stuart Atwell over a call in Leicester’s 1-0 win over Wolves.

So Daily Star decided to take a look back at some of the biggest VAR calls in the Premier League for their influence on the league and reaction to those decisions…

VAR has been the centre of controversy in the Premier League since it was voted for in 2018, providing some memorable moments
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One of the first big decision was Arsenal’s ruled-out goal against Crystal Palace after Calum Chambers caught a player with his foot on review

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Sokratis’ strike ruled out

Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace, October 2019

This match was already controversial as Granit Xhaka had berated the home fans after being booed.

But Unai Emery thought his luck had turned when Sokratis rifled a shot into the top-left corner for the winner with six minutes to go.

When Jarred Gillett had another look at the build-up, though, he saw Calum Chambers’ foot catch Luka Milivojevic on the toe, ruling the goal out for a foul.

Viewers saw slow motion used to see if contact had been made, telling Martin Atkinson to rule the winning goal out.

It started a run which would see the Gunners win just once and cost Emery his job.

Sheffield saw their equaliser against Tottenham get ruled out after a three-minute VAR review for an offside in the build-up