The PGMOL have clarified why the VAR advised referee Kevin Friend to rescind Robbie Brady’s yellow card and book Luke Shaw during the first half of Burnley vs Manchester United.
Paul Pogba’s second-half volley proved decisive as United moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory, giving them a three-point cushion over Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash at Anfield.
In a game littered with talking points, fans of both clubs were left confused by a bizarre moment in the first half.
Robbie Brady was initially booked by Friend for a late challenge on Edinson Cavani, which the referee then reviewed at the VAR monitor to decide whether the Burnley winger had denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity and should be sent off.
However, the VAR showed a challenge by Shaw on Johann Berg Gudmundson from the same phase of play, before the ball was then cleared and Cavani was sent through on goal.
As a result, Friend rescinded Brady’s yellow for his challenge on Cavani and instead booked Shaw for a challenge at the other end of the field.
Because Shaw’s challenge was deemed a ‘possible red-card incident’, the referee was permitted to hand out a punishment – even if a red card was not deemed appropriate.
In an attempt to clarify the incident, the PGMOL released a statement, which said: “In the 27th minute of Burnley vs Manchester United, Robbie Brady was shown a yellow card for a foul on Edinson Cavani.
“On the recommendation of the VAR, referee Kevin Friend went to the Referee Review Area (RRA) to check for a possible red card for Brady for a denial of a goalscoring opportunity offence and a possible foul by Luke Shaw that was in the same attacking phase of play.
“When the referee was at the screen, he was first shown the challenge by Shaw on Johann Berg Gudmundson. He determined that this was a foul and was part of the phase of play that led to the challenge by Brady.
“The restart was a Burnley free-kick, with Brady’s yellow card rescinded, and a yellow card issued to Shaw.”