Newcastle United to face Crystal Palace and VAR at St. James’ Park

Eddie Howe's concern

The English club under Eddie Howe‘s guidance Newcastle United to face Crystal Palace as well as surprise visitor VAR. The English club from Newcastle upon, Tyne, were 11th in the points table last season. The club under the management of the English manager Eddie Howe had an unpredictable last season. Surely enough the 44-year-old English manager was hoping for fruitful results in the upcoming Premier League season. Eddie Howe brought Matt Targett, Nick Pope, Sven Botman, Charlie McArthur as well as Alexander Isak to St James’ Park in the summer signings. The Magpies currently stand in the mids of the points table this season. Eddie Howe’s side only had a solitary victory and defeat. Along with 5 draws in their opening 7 fixtures this season. Furthermore, they host Crystal Palace at St. James Park.

Another English club that had a tough season like Newcastle United is Crystal Palace. The English club from Selhurst in the Borough of Croydon, were 12th in the points table last season. The South London club was just behind the Magpies. The club under the management of the French manager Patrick Vieira were hoping for better and improved results in the 2022-2023 season. Like every other manager, the Frenchman too had busy Summer transfer sessions. Bringing in promising results to the squad for better results. But despite all the hard work, the Eagles were down to 16th place in the current points table.

Did VAR cost Newcastle United against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park?

During the match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, the surprise entry of VAR did ruined the mood of the St. James’ Park crowd. During the match, the on-field referee Michael Salisbury initially awarded an own goal to Newcastle by Tyrick Mitchell. But, shortly after the goal was disallowed. A review was recommended by Mason. Which resulted in a foul against Joe Willock, who did collide with Eagles goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Former referees’ chief Keith Hackett said,

“We’re in our fourth season of VAR and we’re not operating it well. These officials don’t get to the Premier League without being good referees. In some ways they have been made to look foolish this weekend by what has happened. They must feel that they’ve been let down.

“They have been hung out to dry because there’s no leadership. There’s no guidance, there’s no coaching. That ultimately has to come down to the person running the organisation (Riley). The interaction between the referee and the VAR is suspect.”

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