Since Webb is taking over as the (EPL) English Premier League’s chief refereeing officer, errors are becoming much less frequent. Howard Webb will appoint a new group of coaches and VAR experts to aid in raising standards even further.
According to statistics compiled by the five-man Independent Key Match Incidents Panel (made up of three former players and one representative appointed by the Premier League and PGMOL, the body that controls refereeing in England), the total number of VAR-related errors decreased from 18 in the first half of the season to 12.
Incorrect interventions, which occur when the VAR incorrectly informs the referee that he has made a mistake, have decreased by one-third, to one every 37.5 games from one every 24.3 games.
The number of missed interventions (when the VAR should have intervened but did not) has nearly halved from 12 to 7, with one occurring every 21.4 games as opposed to one every 12.2 games.
According to the panel,
83 successful interventions are made so far in the 2022–2023 season.
The number of incorrect interventions decreased by 33.3% since the World Cup. It is now from 6 to 4, in more games.
Missed interventions have decreased from 12 to 7.
The panel evaluates all key match incidents on a weekly basis, but statistics only tell part of the story. A perceived lack of decision-making frequently frustrates players, coaches, and fans.
EPL will appoint a new VAR and management team
Webb believes that good officiating begins on the field and strives to reduce the number of errors with subjective decisions as much as possible. Webb, on the other hand, will have to strike a balance between admitting mistakes and managing expectations.
Brighton & Hove Albion felt five VAR decisions went against them in their 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month; ESPN sources say the panel concluded only one was incorrect in the VAR hub.
During the game, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg tripped Karou Mitoma. But Michael Salisbury, the VAR, did not give Mitoma a penalty kick. Webb acknowledged this following the EPL clash.
However, the impartial panel found that there was insufficient proof for the VAR to uphold Mitoma’s goal after it was overturned for handball and that Clement Lenglet’s shirt pulling of Lewis Dunk did not merit a penalty. However, Stuart Attwell, the referee, ought to have given both a victory.
The panel agreed with the VAR intervention to rule out Alexis MacAllister’s goal for handball, but agreed that Lenglet committed no handball offense in the first half.
Similar to this, the scope of work that neither the referee nor the VAR’s onside decision involving Marcus Rashford in the Manchester derby, which led to Bruno Fernandes‘ goal, was legally incorrect. However, it did note that offside would have been a better call on the field.