Premier League referees boss admits to four VAR errors

2:08                                            The Sunday Supplement panel discuss how VAR has coped in the Premier League so far after several moments of early contr

2:08 The Sunday Supplement panel discuss how VAR has coped in the Premier League so far after several moments of early contr

VAR has made four mistakes so far during the Premier League season, referees' chief Mike Riley has admitted.

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Three decisions should have been changed by the VAR, while a fourth was missed completely by the official at the Stockley Park hub.

Failure to award a penalty to Manchester City when Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva's foot in the box.

Failure to give a red card to Leicester City's Youri Tielemen for his reckless challenge on Bournemouth's Callum Wilson.

He also said Fabian Schar's goal for Newcastle United in the 1-1 draw with Watford should have been chalked off for an earlier handball, while Leicester City's Youri Tielemans should have been sent off in their 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Other high-profile decisions not considered as mistakes were Harry Kane's penalty appeal for Tottenham against Newcastle, and Erik Lamela's alleged foul on Rodri in the area in Man City vs. Spurs. Out of that we've changed six decisions.

"If you look at the four match rounds, 227 incidents have been checked".

Riley, the managing director of the elite refereeing body, PGMOL Ltd, told Sky Sports News: "We are learning as we go along and we are constantly improving".

"What we've talked about this morning is the four instances where actually the VAR didn't intervene, and had we done I think it would have been a better understanding of the role the VAR plays in the game".

"These are examples were VAR could have had a benefit and intervened to help the referee on the day".

VAR's guidelines state that the technology should only be used to overturn a decision if the on-pitch referee has made a clear and obvious error.