Newcastle United co-owner agrees with Alan Shearer after furious outburst

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Newcastle United’s win at Brentford wasn’t without its VAR controversy.

Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben has purposed that VAR makes some changes after it took centre stage at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Eddie Howe’s side emerged as 2-1 winners against Brentford after coming from behind. Ivan Toney’s first-half penalty put the hosts in front but an own goal from David Raya and an excellent strike from Alexander Isak flipped the result on its head.

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The win, however, simply painted over United’s frustration with VAR. While it worked in their favour nine minutes in to chalk off Toney’s goal for offside, it had the opposite impact just before half-time.

VAR sent referee Chris Kavanagh over to the pitchside monitor to re-watch Alexander Isak’s challenge on Rico Henry. After a lengthy check, the Bees were awarded a second penalty of the game, which Toney converted.

Magpies legend Alan Shearer was furious with the decision. His tweet: Never ever clear and obvious. Another long wait’ was retweeted by Reuben. The Newcastle director then proposed some changes he’d like to see to VAR in the future.

Reuben tweeted: “Not specific about today - but it’s clear VAR whilst a positive addition takes too much time and varies to inconsistently from game to game.

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“Perhaps we should allow VAR officials to review the play only twice for maximum one minute. If they can’t derive an opinion from that then it’s unlikely to be a clear and obvious mistake and the on-pitch decision should then be allowed to proceed.”

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