VAR was at the centre of Newcastle’s clash with Southampton.
First it sent Moussa Djenepo off for a stamp on Isaac Hayden, after Graham Scott initially brandished a yellow card. Incredibly, the referee even looked at the screen to make up his mind.
Then on the stroke of half time, Southampton fans were berating VAR again.
Sofiane Boufal handled the ball just inside the box, but initially the referee gave nothing. Then VAR intervened and handed the Magpies a penalty.
Matt Ritchie stepped up but was unable to capitalise. Luckily for him, Allan Saint-Maximin scored late in the day to spare Ritchie’s blushes.
After the game, Southampton fans were enraged with the refereeing, but it’s hard to see why.
Djenepo’s challenge on Hayden was awful. There were people of a Saints persuasion claiming Javi Manquillo should’ve seen red for a similar challenge, but that was only a reaction to the Djenepo red.
Manquillo actually pulled out of the challenge, colliding with Ryan Bertrand at about zero miles per hour.
Southampton can moan about referees and VAR all they like, but they’d want those decisions if they were for them rather than against.
Bitter Saints fans rage at VAR
Saints today were playing 13 players the referee on the pitch and the var referee very poor decisions
— robert fricker (@frickerrobert) March 7, 2020
Var strikes again Saints vs Toon game both were red cards and incorrect penalty
— Hebbes (@HebbesAlex) March 7, 2020
1 mistake and they score
75625104619834 mistakes from the ref and VAR
The state of this game.
(I beg u reply with the mbappe crying gif bcus you think you’re funny)
— 🔴⚪🏴 (DM for a FB) (@SaintStephens5) March 7, 2020
Djenepo gets sent off for a poor touch, catching Hayden with the follow through. Not a stamp but red card says VAR.
Manquillo then goes sliding into Bertrand, catches him in the thigh. Yellow.
— Oh When The Saints (@OWTSaintspod) March 7, 2020
I could see this from my stream which is in 480p so why can’t the VAR officials see it with replays and slow motion 🤷♂️
— Sparrow’s Kneecap 🇦🇹 (@sfckieran) March 7, 2020
I don’t think I have witnessed a more incompetent or inconsistent display from the officials, as I did in that half. 😡We need Alex to continue his ‘thou shall not pass’ in the second half. Immense display by him 👏🏻
— Lynn (@Scotslynn) March 7, 2020