Premier League without VAR: Newcastle United, Liverpool, Man United & Aston Villa impacted
VAR has become a constant source of post-match talk this season - but how has it impacted on Newcastle United’s position in the Premier League?
If there has been one frustration in Newcastle United’s season, it has been the fact their push for a Champions League place has been held back by a number of questionable decisions by VAR.
The Magpies are far from alone in their frustrations, with the officials at Stockley Park playing their part in a whole host of contentious moments across the Premier League throughtout the season. But for Eddie Howe and his players, there are some key moments that have worked against them when the dreaded signal is made for an on-field review.
Take last Friday night’s win at Nottingham Forest as a key example. Yes, United still came out of their trip to the City Ground with all three points, but the decision to disallow what would have been Elliot Anderson’s first senior goal for his boyhood club has been widely criticised.
And earlier in the season, when a goalless draw against Crystal Palace really should have been a narrow home win for the Magpies, Howe was left to rue a perceived push on Eagles keeper Vicente Guiata that led to an own-goal being ruled out, despite an initial foul on United star Joe Willock causing his collision with the Spaniard.
But how have Newcastle and their Premier League rivals been impacted by VAR this season? NewcastleWorld assesses the points totals and what they would have been without the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee.