law explains why VAR awarded Man Utd penalty vs Brighton after full-time whistle

Manchester United defeat Brighton 3-2 as their first win of the 2020/2021 premier league season,thanks to a penalty scored in the 100th minute after the final whistle had been blown.

The Red devil were awarded a penalty because the handball incident occurred prior to referee Chris Kavanagh blowing for the full-time whistle, which allowed for VAR to check the incident.

Manchester United opened their Premier League account with a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace,

March equalised in the 95th minute to level the scoreline to 2-2, which looked set to be the final score, only for the handball incident to happen just as the whistle blew to grant a much-needed three points for the visiting side.

There’s been plenty of debate around the controversial decision to restart play after the final whistle, but Kavanagh did make the right decision. Here’s why.

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1. Games are allowed to be restarted following a VAR check, despite the whistle to signal the end of the play.

2. Man Utd were awarded a penalty because the handball incident occurred prior to referee blowing for the full-time whistle, which allowed for VAR to check the incident.

3.International Football Association Board (IFAB), rules stated that, there are no time restrictions for reviewing incidents.

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“The review process should be completed as efficiently as possible, but the accuracy of the final decision is more important than speed.

Man United were correctly awarded a penalty after the final whistle on Saturday. That won’t make it any less upsetting for Brighton fans, though.

According to former Premier League official, Peter Walton, it was the correct decision.

“The referee has got it right. I haven’t seen that before. In the laws of the game the only thing that the referee can extend the game for after the final whistle is the taking of the penalty kick.

 

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