Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has explained to Sky Sports how VAR decided to give Sheffield United a penalty against Liverpool at the weekend.
Gallagher explains that VAR was simply looking at whether or not Fabinho “fouled” Oli McBurnie inside the penalty box or not, rather than checking to see if it was actually a foul. On-field referee Mike Dean gave a free-kick on the edge of the box, before VAR made him aware of the fact the incident occurred inside the 18-yard box.
Sky Sports News posted the clip to Twitter, with Gallagher explaining the decision to the three pundits alongside him.
"Can you explain it to me?"
"No." 😂#LFC were on the end of another controversial VAR call this weekend as #SUFC were awarded a penalty at Anfield – was it the correct decision? 🤔#RefWatch pic.twitter.com/SNjocHAWa1
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 26, 2020
Sander Berge converted the spot-kick to give United the lead in the game, but – as the presenter says to Gallagher – there was a question over whether or not it was even a foul. Fabinho appeared to get his foot to the ball cleanly, albeit after coming from behind McBurnie, but VAR was unable to overrule Dean’s decision as it was initially just a free-kick to the Blades.