CRY 1-1 BHA: How VAR Decision Dashed Vieira’ Side From Victory

Brighton missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after they failed to beat Crystal Palace and they will definitely feel hard done by VAR and the referee after Palace were awarded a soft penalty in the first half of their 1-1 draw.

Going into the game Brighton needed a win to go level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table, but an officiating decision gave Crystal Palace an unlikely lead leaving Brighton to chase the game till the last minute of second half stoppage time.

The first half of the game saw both teams engage in an almost even battle but Palace grabbed a 47th minute goal, Connor Gallagher was fouled inside the Brighton box and Wilfred Zaha scored from the penalty spot to give his team a 1-0 lead at half time.

The second half continued in the same vain as the first, and it seemed Patrick Vieira would be guiding his team to another victory but a late stunner from Neal Maupay ensured that the points were shared, the decisive VAR and Referee decision was the penalty awarded to Crystal Palace.
Connor Gallagher made a driving run into the Brighton penalty area, but before the midfielder could take a shot or pick out a teammate, he was clattered to the ground by a Palace defender, the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot, a VAR check confirmed referee Andre Marriner made the right call.
In my opinion, the referee and VAR was right to award the penalty but it seems to be a very soft penalty, the defender clearly stopped a goal scoring opportunity but it was just a nudge at the back, a shoulder to shoulder battle and Connor Gallagher made the most of the situation.
A look at two previous tackles that were’nt awarded as penalty will clarify why the Connor Gallagher incident is a soft penalty.

In the Manchester United vs West Ham game Cristiano Ronaldo was on the receiving end of two tough tackles inside the West Ham box but no penalty was awarded to Man United.

A look at the two tackles on Cristiano Ronaldo we can easily see that they were tougher than the tackles on Connor Gallagher.

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