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SportReferees chief Mike Riley hauled in by Premier League to discuss VAR controversy amid calls for greater use

16:55  12 september  2019
16:55  12 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Referees chief Mike Riley hauled in by Premier League to discuss VAR controversy amid calls for greater use © Getty (Photo by Andy Sims/PA Images via Getty Images)

Referees chief Mike Riley is under pressure to increase the use of VAR after being called in front of the Premier League to discuss the early-season controversies.

Sportsmail can reveal that the Premier League asked to see the PGMOL boss last week to go over some of the issues which have arisen during the first four rounds of the campaign.

There was particular emphasis on the high-profile incidents for which VAR did not intervene, even though the on-field referee would have had access to several replays and angles had he consulted the pitchside monitor.

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Riley is also under pressure from law makers IFAB to lower the bar for VAR intervention and instruct his officials to make more use of pitchside replays, as their guidelines dictate.

At present, there is a feeling that VAR officials in the Premier League are too reluctant to send the referee to the monitor for fear it will delay the game.

However, cases such as Youri Tielemans’ studs-up challenge on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson would have surely resulted in a red card for the Leicester midfielder had the referee been told to review a replay.

Manchester City’s David Silva also saw penalty appeals waved away and there was no VAR intervention after what looked like a clear trip on him during their win at Bournemouth.

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Referees chief Mike Riley hauled in by Premier League to discuss VAR controversy amid calls for greater use © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kevin Friend was widely criticised for denying Aston Villa a late equaliser at Crystal Palace

But we understand that Riley, during a meeting with his officials, told them that he was pleased with their handling of games and the new technology.

We have been told that Riley also offered his backing to Kevin Friend. The referee was widely criticised for blowing his whistle and cautioning Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish for diving a split-second before team-mate Henri Lansbury scored what would have been a stoppage-time equaliser at Crystal Palace.

VAR could not review the goal because play had already been stopped. Replays, however, suggested Grealish had not dived, although we understand Riley has told Friend he got the decision correct.

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