Pellegrino calls for VAR after controversial Watford equaliser

  • Pellegrino calls for VAR after controversial Watford equaliser

Pellegrino calls for VAR after controversial Watford equaliser

Deeney was involved in the controversial equalizer, heading the ball across the six-yard box where Doucoure arrived late to get in front of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and push it into the net.

Abdoulaye Doucore sealed a 2-2 draw in the Premier League clash with what most observers regarded as a clear handball in the final minute.

Used for the first time in England for the national team's friendly against Germany in November, VARs were rolled out in domestic soccer this week for the FA Cup game between Brighton and Crystal Palace on Monday.

"My assistant says it's a very clear penalty and a red card also, so it's another decision that creates something important but what can we do?"

The Saints were denied all three points at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon due to a late Abdoulaye Doucoure goal, which was scored via the French midfielder's hand.

MAURICIO PELLEGRINO called for the immediate introduction of VAR in the Prem after Southampton were robbed by a blatant DOUBLE handball.

'I've never seen this type of mistake in the Premier League before, ' Pellegrino said. "He's got his hand up by his head - it's as clear a handball as you're ever likely to see". To live [with] this injustice is really hard.

"I think we have to try (VAR) and analyse if it's possible to help the sport to make better decisions, even for the referee".

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "It's one of them".

Striker Troy Deeney was more willing to address the nature of their leveller, admitting it would have been disallowed were VAR part of the Premier League.

He said; "Watford's last-minute equaliser would have been ruled out in a matter of seconds by the VAR system - it was a clear handball".

Amid speculation some sort of VAR could be in place at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation, the problems in France included both a failure to make a referee's watch vibrate to confirm a goal had been scored and the reverse issue, when the match official's watch vibrated when the ball was held by a goalkeeper well before it had crossed the line.

He confessed: "Southampton will feel like it's a loss". VAR comes in we probably wouldn't get that but we got it.