The 2023/24 Premier League season has been filled with VAR drama and contentious decisions, leaving fans and clubs in a constant state of debate.
ESPN has compiled a substantial portion of this season’s VAR decisions, and the statistics reveal that clubs have experienced contrasting outcomes from these referee calls.
Let’s delve into how VAR decisions have impacted 15 of the 20 Premier League clubs this season.
Arsenal’s VAR decisions have seen six overturns – the joint most in the league so far – with two leading to goals for them and one disallowed.
They have also conceded a goal and had one disallowed for their opponents from VAR calls.
VAR decisions have also seen Arsenal awarded two penalties while having a penalty call go against them once.
Aston Villa have experienced two VAR overturns, with one disallowed goal and another leading to a goal for the Villans, balancing their overall impact to a net goal score of 0.
However, they’ve also had a VAR decision rejected, with on-field referee handing Unai Emery’s side a penalty, penalising Chris Richards for a foul on Ollie Watkins in the dying embers of the game.
Brentford have seen two VAR overturns, both in their favour, leading to a goal being scored from the penalty spot.
The Bees were awarded a penalty in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, with Son Heung-Min penalised for a foul on Mathias Jensen.
They also had a penalty decision overturned in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United after Bryan Mbeumo was initially adjudged to have handled the ball in the 18-yard area.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion have had two VAR overturns, with one disallowed goal for them and one disallowed goal for their opponents.
These VAR decisions have led to an even balance of net goal score and a net subjective score of 0 each.
Newly promoted Burnley are one of the sides heavily affected by VAR this season, having encountered four overturns, with one disallowed goal and one disallowed for their opponents.
They’ve had one subjective decision go their way and three against them, including two red cards to Anass Zaroury and Lyle Foster, contributing to a net goal score of 0 and a net subjective score of -2.
Chelsea have also been heavily influenced by VAR decisions, experiencing five overturns, including one which led to a goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Blues have also seen a goal disallowed each for them and their opponents, resulting in a net goal score of +1. They’ve been awarded one penalty and had one red card.
Pochettino’s side also saw a goal overturned in the 4-1 win over Tottenham, with Moises Caicedo’s long range effort ruled out for offside.
Crystal Palace have witnessed two VAR overturns, with both forcing the Eagles to concede with one subjective decision going against them.
They’ve also seen an overturn rejected by the on-field referee, resulting in a net goal score of -1 and a net subjective score of -1.
Everton have seen three VAR overturns, with one leading to a goal for their opponents and two disallowed goals for their opponents.
They have a net subjective score of -1, indicating that VAR decisions have mainly benefited them with a net goal score of +1.
Fulham have barely been affected by VAR drama according to the statistics, with just one overturn which has gone in their favour.
Their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United saw Scott McTominay’s 8th-minute opener disallowed for offside against Harry Maguire.
Liverpool’s rift with VAR this season is well documented, with the Reds encountering the second-highest number of overturns (5) this season.
The decisions have led to a goal for them, and two of their strikes were disallowed. VAR has also denied their opponents a goal once.
However, they’ve had a subjective VAR decision against them, balancing their impact to a net goal score of 0. Liverpool has been awarded one penalty and had one red card.
The notable decision which went against Liverpool saw Luis Diaz’s goal against Tottenham Hotspur incorrectly ruled out for offside, resulting in a defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Manchester City have had two VAR overturns in their favour, one leading to a goal being scored and the other a red card for their opponents.
They’ve also been awarded a penalty, leading to a net goal score of +1 and a net subjective score of +2.
Man United have seen the joint most overturns, with the bulk of the calls going against them, including a penalty decision in the defeat to Man City.
The VAR overturns have led to four disallowed goals for Erik ten Hag’s side, with one subjective decision going their way and three against them.
This has significantly impacted their season, resulting in a net goal score of -5 and a net subjective score of -2.
Newcastle have encountered two VAR overturns, with one leading to a goal for them, resulting in a net goal score of +1.
However, they’ve had a subjective VAR decision against them, impacting their net subjective score negatively to -1.
Nottingham Forest appear to be on VAR’s good side this season, experiencing three overturns, with two subjective decisions in their favour.
While they haven’t directly benefited with goals from those decisions, they’ve seen two disallowed goals and a red card for their opponents.
These favourable VAR decisions have contributed to a net goal score of +2 and a net subjective score of +2.
Sheffield United have had just one VAR overturn leading to a goal against them, contributing to a net goal score of -1.
The Blades were penalised in the 84th minute of their 5-0 defeat to Arsenal when Oliver Norwood was deemed to have fouled Fabio Vieira in the 18-yard area.
Tottenham have seen four VAR overturns, leading to two goals against them, including one from the penalty spot.
They had a red card decision go in their favour when Curtis Jones was handed his marching orders for serious foul play against Yves Bissouma in the controversial fixture.
They’ve had one subjective VAR decision in their favour and two against them, impacting their net subjective score negatively to -1.
They’ve also conceded two penalties, leading to a net goal score of -2.
VAR disallowed Moises Caicedo’s goal in the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea but further review saw a penalty awared against Spurs.
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