Premier League VARs will not call for penalty re-takes after Scotland's dramatic Women's World Cup defeat

Dimitri Kondonis

The penalty controversy plaguing the Women’s World Cup will be avoided in the Premier League, according to reports.

World football’s biggest stage has seen a number of incidents this month where goalkeepers have kept out penalty kicks - only for a video assistant referee to rule they had left their goal line early.

Those penalties were subsequently re-taken and converted by the respective forwards.

The incidents followed a new law, introduced shortly before the women’s tournament, which stated some part of a goalkeeper’s foot should be on the line as the penalty is taken.

The results have been dramatic; in the case of Scotland’s World Cup exit, they experienced the lows of conceding a late penalty and the highs of saving it, only to discover VAR had ruled for a re-take.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Illustration of the billboard warning the supporters of the use of the VAR (video assistance) for a possible penalty during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes stadium on June 19, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Illustration of the billboard warning the supporters of the use of the VAR (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

But the Premier League officials will be instructed not to look at similar incidents next season, according to The Times.

Use of VAR in England’s top flight will happen for the first time from August after Premier League clubs voted it in last year.

Guidance given by the Professional Games Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) suggests incidents which are reviewed will only include where a player has double-kicked the ball, has taken a fake shot or an encroachment has impacted play.

It is believed that the new rules only serve to complicate the problem - with the Times adding leading referees believe it was purely referees’ failure to enforce it.

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