Allardyce tells the Premier League to bring in VAR this season to stop ‘basic errors’

Sam Allardyce believes the Premier League needs to introduce VAR as soon as possible after a weekend ‘littered with mistakes’.

The former England manager has told talkSPORT match officials are making too many ‘basic errors’ that can have a huge effect on teams who are battling for survival.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez was left raging at officials following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Saturday.

The boss said Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin was incorrectly sent off on the hour-mark and was also angry that his side weren’t given a penalty after Wolves centre-back Wily Boly elbowed Ayoze Perez in the penalty area.

There was also controversy in other games, as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Dele All both appeared to score from offside positions.

The Premier League confirmed in November that all 20 clubs have agreed in principle for VAR to be introduced in the 2019/20 season, but there are no plans to implement it this term.

However, Benitez thinks league bosses should fast-track the technology, which was widely used at the World Cup in Russia.

“We need VAR right now,” he said on Saturday.

“If you see the incidents today, it’s so obvious – the red card and the elbow in the face of Ayoze Perez. We need the VAR right now.”

Allardyce agrees, although the former West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Everton boss admits it’s more likely teams will have wait until next season for VAR to come into force.

“I’d agree with VAR coming in this season,” he told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“I watch the Premier League as a neutral now and I see far too many mistakes still happening from the officials.

“This weekend was littered with mistakes from the referees and assistants, they are making too many basic errors and VAR would put that right very quickly.

“I think it’s probably too late for this season to introduce it half way through, I think we have to just grin and bare it this year.

“But next season, as long as they’re well trained and ready for it, VAR would be a big asset for everybody.”

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