‘Huge step forward for VAR’: Michael Owen leads the praise for Premier League’s under-fire system after referee Jon Moss overturned decision to send off Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters after consulting pitch-side monitor at Selhurst Park
- Kyle Walker-Peters was sent off early in the second half for a high foot
- But referee Jon Moss was advised to look at his pitchside monitor by VAR
- And the on-field referee opted to overturn his own decision to a yellow card
- Crystal Palace went on to beat Southampton on the opening day of the season
Kyle Walker Peters’ red card against Crystal Palace was overturned by referee Jon Moss after he consulted the VAR pitchside monitor, in what has been described as a ‘huge step forward for VAR’ by ex-Premier League striker Michael Owen.
The Southampton right back was shown a straight red by Moss after a high foot on Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell.
But after the video assistant referee advised the on-field referee to consult the pitchside monitor – a move which was discouraged last season – Moss decided to downgrade his decision to a yellow card.
Kyle Walker Peters’ red card was overturned by VAR after Jon Moss looked at the incident
The referee originally sent off the Southampton right back for what was deemed a high foot
Yet after Moss looked at the pitchside monitor, he decided to change his decision upon review
Given Walker-Peters’ challenge wasn’t with excessive force and seemed a genuinely mistimed attempt for the ball, it seemed the correct decision was eventually found.
And the reaction on social media was full of praise for the VAR process and Moss consulting the pitch-side monitor.
Former England international Owen tweeted: ‘Huge step forward for VAR…
‘John (sic) Moss makes the wrong call issuing a red card but sees the replay on the pitch side monitor and reversed his own decision.
Moss downgraded his own decision to a yellow card after looking at the video replay
‘Hopefully a sign of things to come.’
Others on Twitter were also similarly surprised and satisfied with what occurred, with one saying: ‘Breaking News!!!! VAR in England starts functioning.’
Another joked: ‘Everyone who has Walker-Peters in fantasy must love VAR right about now.’
Despite the decision, Southampton couldn’t use the VAR call to their advantage, as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, courtesy of Wilfried Zaha’s early volley.
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