The assistant video referees (VAR) were used in English football for the first time this week, but the absence of technology in the Premier League was felt by two managers on Saturday .
The technology made its debut in English football, though on a trial basis, as Brighton beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Monday and was used again in the Carabao Cup semi-final. between Chelsea and Arsenal, but the referees in the Premier League still do not have access.
And, predictably, of six of the 15:00 GMT in the Premier League on Saturday, two games contained controversial incidents that affected teams threatened by relegation.
Swansea felt he should have received a penalty in the first half in his 1-1 draw against Newcastle while Southampton believes they were denied a win in Watford since Abdoulaye Doucoure used his hand to score a equalizer at 90 minutes in his 2-2 draw.
In St James & # 39; Park, with the goalless game, Mohamed Diame of the home team seemed to handle the ball after Swansea's Mike van der Hoorn had thrown it towards the goal.
"My assistant says it's a very clear sanction and a red card too, so it's another decision that creates something important, but what can we do? Nothing, we just talk about this," said the boss of Swansea, Carlos Carvalhal.
"This is one of the situations in which VAR will say in the future & # 39; clear penalty & # 39; – it will be clear "
The draw – and a victory for West Brom – left Swansea at the bottom of the Premier League table, four points behind Bournemouth, 17th.
Meanwhile, on Vicarage Road, Doucoure of Watford used his hand to mark Watford's late dramatic equalizer, an incident that BBC final score commentator Kevin Kilbane called "an absolute disgrace."
"I think Doucoure has been one of the best players in the Premier League this year, but that's clear handball," Kilbane said. "He's got a hand on his head, it's a handball as clear as you're likely to see, Southampton desperately needed this victory, and the officials have robbed them, he's really poor."
He denied Southampton his first win in 10 league games when Watford erased a 2-0 deficit to half day, leaving the Saints 16th – ahead of Bournemouth by goal difference before the Cherries face Arsenal on Sunday.
"I've never seen this kind of error in the Premier League before," said Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino. "Living this injustice is really difficult, I think we have to try [VAR] and analyze if it is possible to help the sport make better decisions, even for the referee".
Watford manager Marco Silva does not want to discuss the goal, although Hornets forward Troy Deeney acknowledged that the home team might have been "lucky enough to draw" after having provided the assistance for Doucoure.
"They will feel it is a loss," he said. "[If] VAR enters we probably will not get it but today we have it"
When will VAR be used?
When a VAR revision is used, it will normally be activated during game interruptions and will be limited to four types of match change incidents:
When is VAR not used?
- The referees can not say "I am not sure, I will see a repetition" – they have to make a decision and if it is a clear and obvious error, the VAR will inform them.
The system will be available again for the FA Cup replays the week next between Chelsea and Norwich, and Leicester City and Fleetwood Town.
The VAR can only be used in Premier League stadiums where there is a direct link to the studios of the Premier League in West London, where the officer operating the system has access between 12 and 15 camera angles , including four cameras in each objective.
Will be used in the second leg of the Chelsea League Cup with Arsenal and will be implemented in all rounds of the FA Cup and some additional reps, based on broadcasters TV selections and if the host of each tie is in the Premier League.
Chief referee, Mike Riley, already confirmed that there will be changes in VAR for those games, particularly surrounding the spectators at the stadium knowing if the system is being used.
Manager of Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson was satisfied with the way the officials handled the last winner of Glenn Murray while Brighton advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup in what was the first game in England to have the technology available.
In the second test match, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte also backed the system after referee Martin Atkinson consulted the VAR on two Chelsea claims.