Wolves manager O'Neil losing faith in VAR
manager Gary O'Neil has always been a fan of VAR but on Monday he joined the
growing chorus of coaches complaining about the review system after his side
had two penalties given against them in a 3-2 loss at Fulham.
The spot kicks, converted by
Willian, were awarded after a Nelson Semedo challenge on Tom Cairney and a late
Joao Gomes challenge on Harry Wilson, the latter given after a VAR review.
"I've always been for
VAR, but I think it's causing a big problem at the moment," O'Neil told
"The fact that the first
one isn't deemed a clear and obvious error and the second one is, I just think
VAR has cost us there.
"Maybe tonight has
finally turned me against VAR when I thought it would help, but it doesn’t.
"The referee basically
admitted they made a mistake with the Nelson one, but the one with Harry
Wilson, we disagree a little bit."
Wolves are 12th in the
Premier League with 15 points from 13 games but O'Neil said "bad
refereeing decisions" had cost them another seven points.
"I'm managing a big
football club here and the difference that you're making to my reputation, to
the club's progression up the league, to people's livelihoods, it's huge,"
"It can't be like this
with all the technology and all the time in the biggest league in the world
that we're getting so many wrong. It can't be ok."
O'Neil is the latest Premier
League manager to hit out at VAR, with Liverpool's Juergen Klopp,
Tottenham Hotspur's Ange Postecoglou, Chelsea's Mauricio Pochettino and
Arsenal's Mikel Arteta among those criticizing the system.
English referees body PGMOL
has admitted some mistakes but also recommended a more proactive VAR
involvement during games.
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