Lee Mason resigned from duty in the Premier League this weekend after a VAR error
Lee Mason was sacked from duty in the Premier League this weekend.
Mason will not feature in any of the 10 Premier League games of matchweek 24, which take place on February 18-19.
The 51-year-old, who was VAR in Arsenal’s clash with Brentford on Saturday, was criticized after failing to rule out Ivan Toney’s equalizer in the 1-1 draw.
Toney’s 74th-minute goal was ruled legitimate after a lengthy VAR review, but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta felt the goal against Ethan should have been ruled out for offside
Pinnock – whom Arteta felt blocked by Gabriel Magalhaes – and then Christian Norgaard, whose hook was turned back over goal.
Mason checked and cleared Pinnock’s block on Gabriel but he didn’t fully investigate Norgaard’s offside by drawing lines, which is the usual process.
The result reduced Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League to just three points when Manchester City beat Aston Villa a day later.
The weekend saw more high-profile refereeing errors in the Premier League, with Pervis Estupinan’s goal against Crystal Palace also being ruled offside due to human error.
John Brooks, who was VAR for the game at Selhurst Park, was dismissed in both the Merseyside derby and Arsenal’s top-flight game against City.
However, Brooks will return to duty as the fourth official for Arsenal’s game at Aston Villa this weekend.
Chief referee Howard Webb called officials to an emergency VAR meeting after being forced to apologize to Arsenal and Brighton for the “significant errors”.
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