VAR company issue statement after error at Tottenham vs Watford match

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The company behind the VAR technology in the Premier League have posted an apology on social media after a ‘no goal’ graphic was shown on the giant screens at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following Dele Alli’s late equaliser.

After 85 minutes of the match, it looked as if Watford were going to pick up their first win of the Premier League season only for a defensive mix-up between goalkeeper Ben Foster and Kiko Femenia to give Spurs a lifeline.

Foster spilt the ball and Dele Alli was on hand to chest the ball before scoring his first goal since January to level the score.

VAR was called to review the incident to check if the Spurs midfielder had used his arm in the build-up to the goal.

The video assistant referee reviewed the goal and decided it was correctly awarded. The big screen, however, indicated the decision was ‘no goal’. After minutes of confusion, the goal stood.

The company issued a statement via Twitter last night which read: “Hawk-Eye apologises to Spurs and Watford fans for the confusion caused when an incorrect graphic was sent to the big screen.

“We are working together with PGMOL and the Premier League to understand the root cause of this problem and propose measures to ensure it won’t happen again.”

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