The majority of Tottenham Hotspur supporters were left baffled by not only Mike Dean’s decision not to award a penalty against Newcastle United, but also the subsequent review by VAR.
Giovani Lo Celso played a ball into the box which Harry Kane latched onto and looked set to unleash a shot on goal until Jamaal Lascelles lost his footing and fell at the feet of the Spurs forward, who also went to ground.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) who officiate all Premier League matches have spoken about the incident and decided to side with referee Mike Dean who waved away the claims from the Spurs players.
Dean held play up while the VAR checked whether or not it should have been a spot kick.
Replays were shown and after a short delay, the message flashed up that the no penalty decision had been upheld and condemned Spurs to defeat.
Football journalist Paul Brown revealed on Twitter what the PGMOL had to say.
From #PGMOL on Kane #VAR call at #TOTNEW: "It was considered not to be a penalty by the on-field referee. As this was a subjective decision, the VAR deemed that there was not enough evidence to overturn the original call and so stuck with the on-field decision."
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) August 25, 2019
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