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VAR shambles as West Brom denied goal with cameras ‘unable to draw definitive line’ despite Diagne being CLEARLY onside


WEST BROM were denied a clear goal against Southampton in remarkable circumstances after VAR was unable to draw a ‘definitive line’ to determine whether or not it was offside.

Mbaye Diagne turned the ball home from close range but the assistant referee immediately flagged for offside.

Clearly Bartley was the only West Brom player in an offside position

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Clearly Bartley was the only West Brom player in an offside positionCredit: Sky Sports
The VAR was unable to draw a 'definitive line' due to the position of the camera

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The VAR was unable to draw a ‘definitive line’ due to the position of the cameraCredit: Sky Sports

However, when VAR reviewed the decision it appeared the striker was onside and that the inactive Kyle Bartley was the player beyond the last defender.

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Nevertheless, the goal bizarrely remained disallowed.

And the official explanation to Sky Sports was that the position of the camera was to blame for the mistake.

It read: “Because of the positioning of the camera, they could not draw a definitive line through the body of Diagne, so it stays with the onfield decision which was offside.”

This is not the first time VAR has hit the headlines this weekend.

On Sunday, Manchester United were denied what appeared to be a perfectly legitimate goal after Scott McTominay was deemed to have fouled Son Heung-min in the build-up.

And the incident involving West Brom was also not the first time technology has failed to detect an incorrect decision.

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In a match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United last season, the Blades appeared to have scored when keeper Orjan Nyland fumbled the ball over the line.

Replays clearly showed the ball had crossed the line, but the technology used to detect whether or not it was over was not working correctly.

Villa went on to draw the game 0-0 and ended up avoiding relegation from the Premier League by just one point.

Ahead of their game with Southampton, West Brom were eight points from safety with just seven games remaining.

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