‘Did not appear’ - Ex-Premier League referee agrees with Gary Neville over decision during Everton vs Arsenal
A former Premier League referee has questioned one of the decisions during Everton vs Arsenal.
Arsenal were made to work for their away win over the Toffees, with Leandro Trossard getting the all-important winner. But it might have been easier had Gabriel Martinelli’s goal not been ruled out, and some believe it was an incorrect decision made by VAR.
During the build-up, the ball appeared to hit Everton striker Beto before going through to Eddie Nketiah, but the officials decided that Beto’s touch wasn’t significant enough, and so they concentrated on Nketiah’s positioning.
The usual lines were drawn across the footage to determine whether Nketiah was offside, but many were left unhappy due to the camera not being level with the play when the lines were drawn.
Former Premier League referee Halsey questioned via The Sun: “Whether it is offside, a foul in the passage of play leading up to the goal or an accidental handball by the goalscorer - the VAR has to look at all aspects.
“It looked at the time that it might have been offside but, from the footage, it was not clear because the cameras did not appear as if they were parallel to the play.”
Speaking on the Sky Sports coverage, Gary Neville also questioned the camera angle, saying: “[After VAR decision] Well even I am a little confused, I thought he looked well behind the line there. Did they not have a better camera angle than that?
“That one is a strange one for me, I thought it looked like it came off an Everton player. With so many cameras in the ground, I thought there would be a better angle than the one they just used for VAR.”
Arsenal got the win regardless, but the decision may have made even more noise had they not picked up all three points.