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Gary Neville doubles down on Liverpool and Arsenal blast with rant on VAR complaints



Gary Neville is adamant that club’s going public with their frustrations at referees and the PGMOL will do little to help the situation – instead advising them to communicate privately.

Gary Neville maintains that clubs announcing their intention to write to the PGMOL over refereeing issues will do nothing to solve the problem.

It comes after another weekend of Premier League action that included several divisive decisions. West Ham felt aggrieved that a penalty decision at Sheffield United cost them three points. Alphonse Areola was adjudged to have fouled Oli McBurnie in stoppage time.

VAR upheld the decision despite many feeling as though it was the Hammers keeper who was fouled. A frustrated Moyes said after Sunday’s late draw at Bramall Lane: “Things didn’t go for us today, definitely didn’t go. We actually felt that in the first half that we had a lot of decisions against us, and in the end we think the late ones were really difficult to take.”

Officials in the top flight have been under the microscope like never before as decisions continue to fall below the desired standard and Neville wants to see clubs work with them – not make public announcements.

He said on Twitter : “The refs should be doing better and are under enormous pressure at the moment. It’s in the clubs interests to work with them to make them improve. This public posturing is unnecessary.

“Speak to them and email them to gain clarification in private but they don’t have to ‘announce’ they’ve written to the PGMOL. It’s not going to change the decision and it’s not going to help anyone! It just adds to the pile on.”

There has been a growing trend of clubs signalling their intent to contact the PGMOL after decisions they felt went against them. Liverpool did so in the aftermath of their injustice at Tottenham, which saw VAR fail to overturn a wrongly disallowed goal.

Arsenal then followed suit when they were undone at Newcastle by a controversial Anthony Gordon winner. At the time Neville said: “Clubs writing to the PGMOL is embarrassing! Liverpool and Arsenal started it and set the precedent of this nonsense.”

His Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher echoed that sentiment several months ago: “I’ve just seen Arsenal put a statement out and I don’t really agree with that and this happened a few weeks ago with Liverpool, I think it was a different set of circumstances in some ways. But I didn’t agree really with what Liverpool put out, at the time.”

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