Michael Oliver ‘really disappointed’ with Spurs vs Arsenal referee error


PGMOL boss Howard Webb has admitted it was a major error not to award Tottenham a penalty in the north London derby against Arsenal, before VAR’s intervention.

The video review system saved Michael Oliver’s blushes in the final five minutes of Sunday’s match.

Spurs were chasing another goal to cut Arsenal’s advantage late in the game when Declan Rice took out Ben Davies with an attempted clearance after the defender arrived first at the ball.

VAR officials required little time to send Oliver to the screen and referees’ chief Webb gave his verdict of the incident on the latest episode of Match Officials Mic’d Up.

“I know Michael [Oliver] will be really disappointed,” Webb explained.

“He had a really good game. He’s one of our top referees, he’s one of the top referees in the world. He’s been selected for the Euros in Germany this summer, together with seven other English officials, and he had a really, really good game in the way he managed it.

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