May 18, 2024

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes VAR eventually came to the correct decision in awarding Newcastle’s goal this evening.

Newcastle United defeated Arsenal at St. James’ Park tonight thanks to a contentious goal.

The goal was awarded by VAR in four minutes, but Jamie Carragher and Izzy Christiansen had to spend eight minutes in the Sky Sports studio defending their decision.

VAR could not have 100% identified if the ball was out of play

No doubt Arsenal fans will be adamant it wasn’t a goal, but they’d be wrong.

Was it out?

Out of the three things that VAR examined, the first incident—whether or not the ball was out of play before it was passed back into the area—seemed to have been the most likely to be used as a basis to rule out the goal.

The on-field decision is enforced because it is impossible to identify whether the full ball was out of play due to the angle, despite the still images from the Sky Sports and VAR cameras suggesting it was out of play.

Jamie Carragher thinks VAR made the right decision.
I’m amazed they checked the offside and foul for such a long time because they were very ridiculous.

Jamie Carragher expressed his satisfaction with VAR’s ruling on Sky Sports.

“The big one is about whether or not the ball went out. I don’t think there’s a foul while the offside is very difficult to see.

“There’s lots of stills of the ball on the line or people saying on social media that the ball is out, but the camera angle we have here is not conclusive.

“I’m glad in some ways it’s still been given. My first thought was that it was offside, mainly because it felt there was only one Arsenal player behind the two Newcastle players.

“I don’t think it’s a foul.”

We don’t think it was a foul either, Jamie. Cheers.

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