The Premier League has confirmed that the penalty decisions decided by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in all three games on Thursday were wrong.
Bruno Fernandes won a spot-kick which he scored in Manchester United’s 3-0 away win at Aston Villa, James Ward-Prowse got a penalty but subsequently failed to score in the 1-1 draw between Southampton and Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur got no penalty despite their persistent appeals after striker Harry Kane appeared to have been brought down in their 0-0 draw with Bournemouth
The Premier League confirmed United and Southampton should not have been given penalties, but Tottenham should have been awarded one, the BBC Match of the Day reports.
In the case of United, Fernandes attempted to spin around with the ball to catch his marker off guard but the Portuguese playmaker instead appeared to have tripped down himself after catching the leg of Villa defender, Ezri Konsa.
But referee Jon Moss awarded a penalty, which was supported by VAR and Fernandes scored the resulting spot-kick to set United on their way to victory.
But the Premier League match centre said it was the wrong decision and should have been overturned by VAR.
Southampton were given a penalty after James Ward-Prowse appeared to fall into the standing Andre Gomes.
Ward-Prowse dusted himself to take the penalty but the ball hit the crossbar.
The Premier League confirmed Southampton should not have been awarded a penalty for the incident.
No penalty was given after Bournemouth’s Joshua King appeared to have shoved Harry Kane of Tottenham in the box during their encounter on Thursday.
Referee Paul Tierney did not award a penalty and the VAR, Michael Oliver, chose not to intervene.
The decision prompted Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, after the game to subtly criticise Oliver, who will be the centre referee for Sunday’s North London derby between his club and Arsenal.
Mourinho at his post-match press conference also recalled that Oliver the VAR official when Kane had a goal ruled out in Spurs’ 1-3 defeat by Sheffield United last week.
“The same referee that was the VAR against Sheffield United. In the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And I say everybody, I mean everybody.
“Like Sheffield, the man of the match was not one of the players. But at Sheffield, I could blame myself and the players, today I could not do that,” the Tottenham manager told Sky Sports.