Premier League

Lee Mason not selected as VAR for Premier League fixtures after Newcastle error

Sean Walsh
Mason will not be in action this weekend
Mason will not be in action this weekend / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Lee Mason has not been named as a video assistant referee for any of this weekend's Premier League fixtures after he controversially disallowed a Newcastle United goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Tyrick Mitchell scored a second-half own goal, but referee Michael Salisbury was recommended to review the incident by Mason, who believed that Joe Willock fouled goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

While Salisbury overturned the decision and gave a free-kick to Palace, further replays suggested that Mitchell shoved Willock into Guaita, and therefore the goal should have stood.

Mason, a dedicated VAR after retiring from refereeing, has not been named as an official for gameweek seven.

His decision is one of several that are being reviewed by the Premier League and PGMOL from last weekend, with the latter already admitting that Mitchell's own goal should have stood and that West Ham's late equaliser at Chelsea was incorrectly ruled out.

However, unlike Mason, referee Andrew Madley and VAR Jarred Gillett have both been selected as officials for the upcoming weekend despite their errors at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League wasn't the only division in England to have significant officiating controversy at the weekend.

The Championship match between Huddersfield and Blackpool was marred after goal-line technology failed to reward the former an equaliser, despite an effort from Yuta Nakayama crossing the line.

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