• July 25, 2024

Ex-Premier League referee criticizes Craig Pawson after upsetting Chelsea players

The Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa saw controversy surrounding the disallowance of a late Chelsea goal. Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey criticized the performance of referee Craig Pawson during the match.

Pawson disallowed Axel Disasi’s late goal for Chelsea after VAR spotted a foul in the build-up to the goal. Villa had taken a 2-0 lead at half-time, but Chelsea staged a comeback to level the score.

However, their celebrations were cut short when Pawson reviewed a coming together between two players and decided that a foul had been committed, leading to the disallowance of the goal. Halsey expressed his confusion over the use of VAR in this instance and criticized the decision-making process.

Halsey suggested that Pawson was responsible for the uproar as he did not initially award a free kick to Villa, and he believes that the process of how the decision was made did not align with how VAR should be used in the Premier League. Overall, Halsey criticized the use of VAR in this incident and expressed concerns about the decision-making process.

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