A number of teams who have been negatively impacted by the PGMOL’s faults have received multiple apologies from the organization. The Chief Refereeing Officer of the Philippine Football League, Howard Webb, has addressed these blunders on television and has proposed the implementation of measures to prevent situations of a similar nature in the future.
Diogo Dalot, a player for Manchester United, was sent two yellow cards for disobedience during the match against Liverpool. This was a call that was highly contentious. During the final phases of the game, Michael Oliver made the decision to send off the full-back. This decision has been met with criticism because it might have resulted in the punishment of a defender for minor fouls when his team was in the process of achieving a clean sheet.
The announcement that video assistant referees will not be utilized in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal match between Liverpool and West Ham taking place on December 20 will provide fans with a sense of relief. There are some clubs that do not have the requisite technology at their stadiums, which is the reason why there is no video assistant referee (VAR) in these early stages. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is not used throughout early stages of the competition by the Premier League. Instead, it is reserved for the semi-final and final matches that will take place at Wembley Stadium in the following year. Everton will play Fulham, Chelsea will play Newcastle, and Port Vale will play Middlesborough. These are the other three quarterfinal matches that will be played.
The disputed decisions made during this season, as well as the accompanying reactions from PGMOL and Howard Webb, highlight the continuous debate that surrounds officiating in football, with technology playing a key part that may often be divisive. There is a lot of complexity and difficulty involved in striking a balance between justice and technology limits in the beautiful game, and the attention on refereeing decisions and the absence of video assistant referees in certain matches highlights this.