The Magpie Group have shared a brilliant video following our 2-1 win against Burnley that shows up the total inconsistency when it comes to a ‘high foot’ in football.
Anyone watching new we should have been awarded a stonewall penalty in the first half when James Tarkowski’s reckless high boot clattered into Sean Longstaff as he went to follow up Dwight Gayle’s blocked shot.
Despite play being paused so the video assistant could look at the situation, Newcastle still weren’t awarded a spot kick for what looked like a clear and obvious error by the referee.
However, what angered our supporters further was when Longstaff was fouled in similar fashion later on, but this time Anthony Taylor gave us a free kick. The only difference in the two tackles was that one was inside the box and the other wasn’t!
Here is The Magpie Group’s edited video comparing the two incidents:
VAR has come under immense pressure this season for the glaring inconsistencies it has continued to dish out on a regular basis.
In fact, the only thing it has been consistent in is being woefully inconsistent, with offsides, handballs, red cards and penalty decisions causing fans across the country to vent their anger at the technology.
When you look at two instances like this – in the same game – it doesn’t look good for the Premier League who are desperate to make VAR work.