Slap-headed, chinless twatbasket Mike Riley, head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) – the body responsible for match officials in English professional football – has admitted that an incorrect VAR decision cost Arsenal two points against Crystal Palace last month.
Sokratis thought he’d scored the winning goal, but after a VAR check by an official who had never refereed a Premier League game, the strike was ruled out and the game finished in a 2-2 draw.
The decision was made based on a supposed foul by Calum Chambers which didn’t exist, and at a briefing Riley said that incident, along with three others, were mistakes and that significant improvements needed to be made.
“We’re far from perfect,” said the man whose ineptitude as an official and administrator is now legendary.
“We’ve got improve the way that we do things. There are significant things we can do to improve. We can get better consistency of decision making as VARs.
“We can improve the timing so we have that minimum interference and if we achieve those, which we will over time, then what we will end up with is better quality decision making, better than 91% and actually in a way that minimizes disruption to the game.”
The four incidents deemed incorrect were:
– Sokratis v Palace
– Daniel James earning a penalty for Manchester United at Norwich
– Everton defender Michael Keane accidentally catching Aaron Connolly, leading to a Brighton penalty
– Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s slight contact with Gerard Deulofeu getting Watford a penalty
There have been others in recent times which have defied belief too, but clearly admitting to four mistakes is as far as they want to go.
He also urged people not to dwell on their incompetence, but to look ahead to see how they can be a bit less shit in future.
“Let’s not look back at what might have happened so far,” said Riley.
“Let’s take all those learnings and go, ‘How do we improve the system going forward?’ because we’ve all got a stake in making sure that happens.”
What a colossal wanker.