Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe feels his side’s 1-0 win against Arsenal has been overshadowed by the Video Assistant Referee row over Anthony Gordon’s goal.
There were three VAR checks before Gordon’s scrappy second-half winner was finally awarded.
The decision was called “embarrassing” by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
Howe said he was disappointed with the VAR controversy dominating the post-match discussion, as his players’ display was absolutely outstanding.
The defeat at St James’ Park put an end to third-placed Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the season in the English Premier League.
The only goal of the game was scrutinized for three potential issues: the ball going out of play in the build-up, a foul on Arsenal defender Gabriel by Joelinton and an offside against goalscorer Gordon.
All three checks went in the home side’s favour, leaving Arteta furious and labelling the VAR ruling a disgrace.
Arsenal then released a statement backing the Spaniard’s comments and asked for urgent action on refereeing standards.
However, the Premier League’s Key Match Incidents panel has ruled the decision to award Gordon’s controversial winner was correct.
While Howe said he was reluctant when VAR was first introduced to the Premier League during the 2019-2020 season, he does think there have been real benefits to the review system.