Major League Soccer

Toronto 2-1 NYCFC: PRO admit to 'significant officiating error'

Lizzy Becherano
PRO reveals officiating error during Toronto vs. NYCFC match.
PRO reveals officiating error during Toronto vs. NYCFC match. / SOPA Images/GettyImages
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The Professional Referee Organization has admitted to committing a 'significant officiating error'  during Toronto’s 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Saturday. 

During the eighth minute of the match, NYCFC’s Talles Magno made a run inside the box before being brought down by Toronto’s Kosi Thompson. The Brazilian fell to the ground after it appeared the defender clipped his heels. 

Initially, referee Drew Fisher pointed to the penalty spot before his decision was later overturned following video review.

Now, PRO has stated the original call was correct, and VAR 'incorrectly determined' the situation.  

“The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) acknowledges that a significant officiating error occurred in an important match situation in the eighth minute of the game between Toronto FC and New York City FC. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) incorrectly determined the awarding of a penalty kick to be a clear and obvious error, as the selection of camera angles examined did not reveal foul contact from Toronto FC’s Kosi Thompson on New York City FC striker Talles Magno,” read the statement. 

“While an available camera angle did reveal foul contact, that alternative camera angle was not examined by the VAR, nor was it made available to the referee on the pitch-side monitor. The referee changed his decision and rescinded the penalty kick.

“PRO can confirm that the awarding of a penalty kick was not a clear and obvious error, and the referee’s initial decision should have been allowed to stand.”

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