Blunder VAR referee Lee Mason AXED from Prem games this weekend after his shocker cost Newcastle ‘winner’ vs Palace

    BLUNDER video ref Lee Mason has been axed from the Prem match list this weekend after his VAR cock-up at Newcastle.

    And Toon have lodged a complaint to the Prem and refs’ body PGMOL, claiming dodgy decisions against them are a “consistent theme”.

    Newcastle were denied a winner by VAR against Crystal Palace


    Newcastle were denied a winner by VAR against Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty
    Lee Mason will not officiate a Premier League game this weekend


    Lee Mason will not officiate a Premier League game this weekendCredit: Rex

    Mason has been dropped after his role in disallowing Toon’s “winner” against Crystal Palace.

    He ruled Joe Willock had fouled keeper Vicente Guiata, though replays clearly showed he had been pushed into him by Eagles star Tyrick Mitchell. 

    Toon’s co-owner Amanda Staveley said: “We should have won, I hated the VAR decision.

    “That’s something we’re dealing with — it seems to be a consistent theme of the last few games.”

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    The PGMOL Board, headed by ex-ref Mike Riley, admitted Toon’s goal — and a KO’d West Ham leveller against Chelsea — should have stood after Prem chiefs launched an emergency review.

    But Newcastle are demanding answers from the Prem chiefs and the PGMOL on how blundering VAR calls can be improved.

    Staveley added: “We are dealing with that, talking to officials and trying to get something that will work going forward.”

    Ref Michael Salisbury overturned his original decision to allow the goal after being recommended by Mason to consult his pitchside monitor.

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    Fuming Toon boss Eddie Howe insisted it  was a “perfectly good” goal.

    It is the second time Newcastle have moaned about the standard of refereeing in just nine months.

    Newcastle believe they should also have been given penalties against Manchester City and Wolves in recent weeks, while they were also  raging when Liverpool scored a 98th-minute winner when just five  minutes of injury time had been awarded.

    Howe received some answers following the club’s original complaint in December, but sarcastically described the letter as an “interesting read”.

    Mason also came under fire for advising ref Paul Tierney to rule out Gabriel Martinelli’s strike for Arsenal at Manchester United on Sunday for a Martin Odegaard foul.

    However, Jarred Gillett WILL take control of Leicester’s game with Aston Villa on Saturday despite his Hammers clanger on Saturday.

    Raging West Ham boss David Moyes branded the Aussie VAR unfit for duty, calling the decision to rule out Maxwel Cornet’s late equaliser against the Blues as “scandalous”.

    Following the weekend clangers, all top-flight refs are expected to be reminded the FINAL word on any “subjective” VAR overturn must lie with them, even if they are urged to go to the screen.

    Michael Oliver became the first Prem ref in 18 months to stick with his original decision, despite a recommendation from Stockley Park when he confirmed a Nottingham Forest penalty in their 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth.

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    Oliver and Anthony Taylor will work with foreign VAR officials when the group phase of Uefa’s club competitions kick-off.

    Taylor will be in contact with Germany’s Marco Fritz when he refs PSG vs Juventus on Tuesday night, with Pole Tomasz Kwiatkowski in Oliver’s ear on Thursday.


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