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Ref Watch: VAR at Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton, Man Utd, Aston Villa and Brentford assessed by Dermot Gallagher

Dermot Gallagher agrees Maxwel Cornet’s West Ham equaliser at Chelsea and Newcastle’s opener against Crystal Palace both should have stood, but Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was right not to be sent off in weekend of high drama for VAR in Premier League

David Moyes was left fuming after West Ham's equaliser - later ruled legitimate by the PGMOL - was ruled out by VAR


At the end of VAR’s toughest weekend since it arrived in the Premier League, former referee Dermot Gallagher gives his verdict on the big decisions – and the news that the top flight has called for an investigation into the technology’s usage.

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Dermot Gallagher believes the referee was right to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s goal, while Sue Smith and Stephen Warnock both thought the decision could have gone either way

INCIDENT: Martin Odegaard plays Gabriel Martinelli through to finish off an early opening goal at Old Trafford. However, VAR takes two minutes and 18 seconds to rule the Norway midfielder fouls Christian Eriksen in the build-up, and disallows the goal. Odegaard later tells Sky Sports it was “never a foul”, and Mikel Arteta criticises the decision as “soft”.

TIME TAKEN BY VAR: Two minutes, 43 seconds.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: Correct decision.

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DERMOT SAYS: “I thought it was a foul. I thought it was clear and obvious. He pushes him and then catches him lower down the body. He catches his knee with his leg so for me, it’s a foul. He had two arms in his back.

“I thought it was a foul during play, and when the VAR checked it I was quite confident it would be overturned. It was very early in the attacking process but there was no chance to reset.”

Stephen Warnock feels Virgil van Dijk’s challenge on Amadou Onana in the Merseyside derby could have been either a yellow or red card

INCIDENT: Virgil van Dijk catches Amadou Onana on the shin after he is beaten to a ball forward. Referee Anthony Taylor immediately awards Van Dijk a yellow card, and the decision is not reviewed by VAR. Everton manager Frank Lampard later says Van Dijk should have been sent off over the incident.

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DERMOT’S VERDICT: Correct decision.

DERMOT SAYS: “I think it’s a yellow card. He goes down but the maximum impact comes on top of the foot. Because he’s come a short distance, he hasn’t got the speed and intensity. The biggest point of impact is on the bottom of the foot.

“I think it’s a foul and a yellow card. I don’t think it’s a red card. We saw a similar tackle with Fabian Schar last week [against Wolves], where we agreed we felt that wasn’t a red card.”