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PGMOL to release VAR audio of Gordon’s winner over Arsenal

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) will release VAR audio related to Anthony Gordon’s controversial winning goal against Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail.

The audio will be released on Tuesday as part of the monthly Match Officials Mic’d Up programme hosted by referees’ chief Howard Webb and former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.

Newcastle United forward Gordon scored in the second half to earn his side three points against the Gunners.

The goal underwent three separate VAR checks – for offside, whether the ball was still in play, and a Joelinton push on Gabriel Magalhaes – but was deemed fair. 

The aftermath saw a barrage of criticism from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who labelled the goal an ‘absolute disgrace’.

The Football Association (FA) subsequently contacted Arteta and the club, seeking explanations for their post-match comments.

Arsenal responded to the FA’s enquiry on Monday morning, indicating a continuation of the dialogue between the club and the FA. 

PGMOL’s decision to release the VAR audio is an initiative designed to enhance transparency surrounding refereeing incidents.

However, questions arise about the need and efficacy of such releases. 

While aimed at fostering transparency, the recent VAR audio from the Tottenham Hotspur versus Liverpool clash failed to appease the aggrieved party despite the ‘clarity’ it provided. 

It further fuelled debates around the contentious nature of football officiating and the use of VAR technology.

The release of VAR audio does little to benefit any party involved. Rather than bringing about resolution and understanding, it contributes to the already polarised opinions surrounding refereeing decisions.

It is unclear which other VAR/officiating issues will be highlighted on the show apart from the Newcastle versus Arsenal clash.

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