We have been three seasons since the implementation of VAR in the Premier League and ESPN has analyzed which players have suffered or have benefited the most at the hands of the video referee.
We review the statistics of the 870 matches played to date in the English First Division to see who has had the most goals disallowed, caused so many scored by their teammates to be disallowed and which lucky footballers the VAR has conceded goals.
Read on, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur fans. Your players are about to be mentioned many times.
Most goals disallowed – only as scorer
The biggest disappointment that can be suffered: a player scores and the VAR cancels it. However, who has suffered this misfortune most often? This is Liverpool’s offensive duo made up of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, along with Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min, who have four goals annulled each. How are they classified?
Son has suffered out-of-place cancellations on his own, while the fourth came for being out of place with Lucas Moura in their clash with Southampton.
For his part, Salah also adds three misplaced cancellations; For his part, Roberto Firmino was penalized by hand in the play that prepared Salah’s goal against the Spurs.
Meanwhile, Mané has two cancellations for misplaced and another two per hand.
Chelsea fans would have expected to see Timo Werner topping this list; however, so far the VAR has canceled three of its Premier League goals, the same number of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and another Tottenham player: Harry Kane.
More goals disallowed for out of place
When it comes to just talking about so many misplaced goals, it is extremely obvious that Salah and Son top this list with their three goals disallowed.
However, we can see some new faces on the back rungs of the table. The other players who have multiple goals canceled out of place are Mané, Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) and Chris Wood (Burnley).
Most goals disallowed (all instances)
Sometimes a goal is disallowed because of a teammate. Maybe they were out of place on the play that resulted in the goal, or they probably fouled. When adding these situations to the annulments resulting from the goalscorer’s actions, we can see who has had the misfortune of having directly participated in the greatest number of annulled goals.
It’s about Mané and Son. Both add a total of six goals annulled by the VAR.
Apart from the four goals canceled for Mané, he was sanctioned for having committed a foul before Diogo Jota scored against West Ham United, apart from being attributed an offside before Jordan Henderson’s goal in the last minutes of his visit to Everton on past tournament.
For his part, Son also participated in the cancellation of the goals of Serge Aurier and Kane for having found himself out of place in the plays that resulted in both goals, adding them to the four own goals reversed for the South Korean international. Jesús, Salah, Wood and West Ham United striker Michail Antonio follow in the lead, each participating in four goals disallowed.
Most goals conceded – scorer
Arsenal fans are likely to loathe VAR; however, perhaps his gunner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a different opinion. The Frenchman has added four goals as a result of VAR decisions, one of them due to an incorrect misplaced during his visit to Manchester United, and another three thanks to reversed penalties (awarded and retaken for invasion).
The other footballer to score four goals is Leicester City figure Jamie Vardy; all generated from the penalty spot, with three marked directly and others by retry, after receiving the product of an invasion offense and his shot was saved in a match played on the Brighton court. No other player has scored more penalties thanks to VAR than Vardy (4); while Aubameyang has three goals from the penalty spot, and seven other players have two.
Fourteen players have received two goals through VAR decisions, including Kane, Salah, Son, Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) and Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).
More goals conceded after incorrect offside decisions
Joshua King is the only player to add two goals to his credit after reversing penalties for offside. King was the first footballer to credit a goal after an incorrect offside, specifically in the meeting between Bournemouth and West Ham in September 2019. The second came when he was defending the colors of Watford, visiting Everton last month.
Greater number of VAR interventions
Son is in a unique category when it comes to VAR interventions. The Spurs striker tops the list with 10 cancellations due to the participation of the video assistant, two more than any other player in the Premier League.
That said, not everything is so bad. Son has benefited from two goals scored from the penalty spot thanks to VAR, receiving a foul from Scott McTominay before Edinson Cavani scored for Manchester United’s cause in their previous tournament clash. Likewise, Son was sent off in the game against Chelsea in December 2019 for having raided Antonio Rudiger.
Mané and Wilson follow him on the list with eight interventions, followed by Jesús (7).
Everton player Dominic Calvert-Lewin makes his appearance with 6 interventions; adding two goals, losing another two and with two incidents that resulted in penalties, the same amount that Fernandes and Salah have.
Fernandes, a United midfielder, has scored two penalties, missed another and had another shot from the penalty spot canceled after a penalty against him.
Most goals disallowed per hand
Mané is the only player with multiple goals disallowed by the scorer’s hand, specifically against Manchester United and Brighton.
However, if we add a penalty per hand before a teammate scores, Wilson (Newcastle) ties with Mané, with two goals each.
More penalties in favor
Only four players have received two penalties in favor: Lacazette, Werner, Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) and former Manchester City striker Sergio “Kun” Agüero.
More penalties conceded
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), please step forward. The Nigerian midfielder has conceded two penalties with VAR interventions, being the only one to grant multiple maximum penalties per hand.
However, he is tied for his two goals conceded on all offenses alongside two Newcastle centrals: Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles.
More red cards against
No player has received more than two expulsions. Despite this, two players have been harmed by multiple incursions that resulted in red cards awarded through VAR intervention.
Newcastle’s gunner Wilson has seen three ejections: Norwich’s Ben Godfrey (while playing for Bournemouth), Fulham’s Joachim Andersen and Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez last month.
The other player is Ashley Westwood (Burnley), who has been involved in two plays that resulted in red cards against her rivals through the intervention of the VAR.