Premier League without VAR: Where Newcastle United, Liverpool, West Ham & Aston Villa sit

Premier League table without VAR. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)Premier League table without VAR. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Premier League table without VAR. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Premier League table without VAR: Where Newcastle United, Liverpool & others sit.

The PGMOL and Premier League have shared the referee and VAR audio from Liverpool defender Virgin Van Dijk’s red card against Newcastle United last month.

With the Reds trailing through Anthony Gordon’s 25th-minute opener, Van Dijk was dismissed shortly after following a last-man challenge on Alexander Isak. The Dutchman was raging with the decision and as a result is facing an extra game ban for his reaction.

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His sending off, however, had little impact on Liverpool, who came from behind late on to win after substitute Darwin Nunez’s brace.

How the officials came to the Van Dijk decision was explained during Sky Sports’ “Match Officials: Mic’d Up”, hosted by Michael Owen and featuring Howard Webb.

VAR official Stuart Attwell began the conversation by saying: “APP (Attacking Possession Phase). Possible offside. Possible DOGSO (denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity).”

Referee John Brooks then replied “It’s outside [the box], outside, outside. And it’s a red card. He’s through and he’s gone through the man, red card.”

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After checking the foul, VAR said: “Brooksy, it’s Stuart, I’m happy with the foul. I’m just going to check sanction and APP, standby. OK, so the ball’s going to roll across the front of him. Without the moving challenge, the attacker’s got position. He’s moving directly into the penalty area, that’s fine.”

Brooks can then be heard speaking directly to Van Dijk: “They will check [the decision]. And he’s not, he’s going inside. They will check, they will check. Just wait!

“I will tell you if you need to go and you need to go immediately. It’s clearly a foul, they have just checked the location. Don’t do anything silly. Listen you will be sent off, unless he [Isak] is offside. It is very, very tight.”

With no offside, VAR stood by Brooks’ decision, which he then told Van Dijk: “Free-kick. Go, go! Go now. Yes, no offside.”

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Indeed, Newcastle and Liverpool aren’t the only two clubs impacted by VAR this season.

Factoring in VAR decisions that led to goals being disallowed or awarded by the technology, including via penalties, here’s how the Premier League table might look as things stand:

1st: Man City

Estimated points without VAR: 12. Change: 0.

2nd: Tottenham

Estimated points without VAR: 12. Change: +2.

3rd: Liverpool

Estimated points without VAR: 10. Change: 0.

4th: West Ham

Estimated points without VAR: 10. Change: 0.

5th: Brighton

Estimated points without VAR: 9. Change: 0.

6th: Arsenal

Estimated points without VAR: 9. Change: -1.

7th: Crystal Palace

Estimated points without VAR: 7. Change: 0.

8th: Man United

Estimated points without VAR: 7. Change: 0.

9th: Nottingham Forest

Estimated points without VAR: 6. Change: 0.

10th: Aston Villa

Estimated points without VAR: 6. Change: 0.

11th: Brentford

Estimated points without VAR: 5. Change: -1.

12th: Chelsea

Estimated points without VAR: 4. Change: 0.

13th: Fulham

Estimated points without VAR: 4. Change: 0.

14th: Newcastle United

Estimated points without VAR: 3. Change: 0.

15th: Wolves

Estimated points without VAR: 3. Change: 0.

16th: Bournemouth

Estimated points without VAR: 2. Change: 0.

17th: Sheffield United

Estimated points without VAR: 1. Change: 0.

18th: Everton

Estimated points without VAR: 1. Change: 0.

19th: Luton Town

Estimated points without VAR: 0. Change: 0.

20th: Burnley

Estimated points without VAR: 0. Change: 0.

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