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Man Utd’s Bizarre Penalty After Final Whistle

by Zablon Ondari
2 mins read

There was outrage across social media, as Manchester United were awarded a controversial penalty in their English Premier League game against Brighton on Saturday, 26th September.

The VAR was at the centre of yet another controversy after referee Chris Kavanagh was advised to give United the penalty after he had already blown the full-time whistle.

Interestingly, a majority of the players had already walked off the pitch, while Brighton players thought they had snatched a point with an injury-time Solly March equaliser.

Man United managed to scrape a win away to Brighton and Hove Albion by 2-3 where the winning goal was scored by Bruno Fernandes from the controversial penalty.

Some football fans across the world came out to criticise the VAR decision, saying that it was so unfair to Brighton.

However, according to former Premier League official Peter Walton, it was the correct decision.

“The referee has got it right. I haven’t seen that before. In the laws of the game the only thing that the referee can extend in the game after the final whistle is the taking of the penalty kick. In this instance, the incident took place before he blew the final whistle so the VAR was going through his process of checking to make sure there was nothing untoward.

“Chris Kavanagh blew his final whistle, however, the incident happened just before the final whistle and was allowed within law, and as I’ve said because the penalty was yet to be taken the referee within the law has to allow time for the kick to be taken,” Walton said, as reported by the UK Metro.

About VAR

The video assistant referee (VAR) is an assistant referee in association football who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and headset for communication.

Incidents looked at by VAR
There are four clear cases in which a VAR can review incidents via TV replays.

  1. Goals

Were there any infringements leading up to a goal, including offside, fouls, or the ball going out of play? Was a goal ruled out for an infringement correctly disallowed?

  1. Red cards

Is the sending-off justified? Have the on-field officials missed any serious foul play or misjudged a foul?

  1. Penalty

Is the decision to award the spot-kick correct? Should one have been given for a foul not spotted by the match referee?

  1. Yellow/red cards

Is there a case of mistaken identity? It must be noted that VAR cannot intervene to judge the merits of yellow cards, only reds.

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