FA told to take action over Tyrone Mings as Aston Villa controversy analysed - expert
Noel Whelan has slammed VAR as a “failure” after several “mistakes” in the 1-1 draw between Aston Villa and Burnley on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker claimed Ashley Barnes should have been sent off for an elbow on Tyrone Mings.
As seen during the full-match replay on Villa TV (19 May), the Burnley star, 32, caught the Villa defender in the face during an aerial duel in the opening five minutes.
Referee Paul Tierney did not even book Barnes, who went on to score from the penalty spot.
VAR did check for a handball against Lucas Digne in the second half, while there also appeared to be a foul throw in the build-up to Villa’s goal.
Whelan was left fuming with the “inconsistency” of VAR decisions and called for the FA to make changes moving forward.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Look, VAR has been a failure, in my opinion. There are lots of changes that need to be made by VAR. It’s so inconsistent, it’s frightening.
“The elbow (on Mings) should have been a red card. Even the handball, you go back to the Villa game last week, where does it stand? It changes every week to different people’s opinions.
“You have a set VAR team that are there all the time but the rules are different for each person in front of VAR. It’s really difficult and I think that’s what frustrates people. It’s like the flag going up 20 seconds afterwards.
“That could potentially be detrimental to a player’s safety, an injury, or somebody getting sent off as well. There are loads of changes that need to be looked at the FA and the Premier League. It’s not been as smooth this season as you’d expect.
“There were lots of mistakes last night. Sometimes you’re looking and you’re thinking: ‘Ooh, god, we’ve seen these given,’ but then it’s let go. Then you look at certain tackles and certain elbows, we’ve seen those given as red cards.
“The foul throw, the elbow, you look at things and think it could have been brought back. Things could have been different. There’s certainly an inconsistency that frustrates everybody, the players as well, I’m sure.”