The Premier League has revealed why Mbaye Diagne’s early goal in West Brom’s 3-0 win over Southampton was not given away – and that’s an unexpected reason to say the least!
The Baggies had the ball in the net in three minutes as Diagne assisted in Darnell Furlong’s shot with his header.
The goal was not awarded as the Baggies forward was flagged offside, however, VAR reviewed the incident.
TV reruns appeared to show Diagne agreed, while teammate Kyle Bartley, who was behind him, was offside.
It appears that Bartley was not deemed active in the move, but the goal was not given. The reason VAR didn’t award it was somewhat bizarre.
The Premier League said in a statement to talkSPORT: “They couldn’t get an angle that conclusively showed whether Diagne’s upper body was on or off, so they stayed on the pitch.
West Brom didn’t let that setback bring them down as it turned out to be an easy win for them at the Hawthorns anyway.
Mathues Pereira opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a penalty after being tripped in the box by Fraser Forster.
They doubled their lead four minutes later as Matt Phillips was at the end of Diagne’s low cross from the left after Danny Ings inexplicably gave the ball to the Baggies leader.
The Saints improved after the break, but Sam Allardyce’s side got another as Callum Robinson’s emphatic finish sealed the victory. It was the Republic of Ireland international’s first goal in the Unscored Premier League against Chelsea.
The visitors were penalized in the stoppage time as Moussa Djenepo was shot down by Conor Townsend but James Ward-Prowse’s 12-yard effort was saved by Sam Johnstone.
The early incident ultimately had no effect on the outcome, but it will do nothing to silence VAR critics, with technology playing a big role in some Premier League games this weekend.
Roberto Firmino had a disallowed goal in Liverpool’s victory over Aston Villa as Diogo Jota was offside in the preparation, although some camera angles seemed to suggest the Portuguese was on the line.
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani had an unmarked goal in Manchester United’s victory at Tottenham as it was later ruled that Scott McTominay had fouled Heung-min Son seconds before.