Report: Premier League demands answers from referee after Chelsea beat West Ham

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Chelsea defeated West Ham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and there was a massive talking point from that game, as the Hammers had a goal ruled out for foul late in the game.

Maxwel Cornet thought he had scored a late goal only for VAR to overturn the goal as Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was adjudged to have been fouled by Jarrod Bowen.

Newcastle also had a contentious decision with VAR, as their decisive goal against Crystal Palace was ruled out.

The Premier League has demanded a review into the way the VAR system is used in the Premier League after a weekend of controversial decisions.

According to The Times, refereeing body the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Ltd) has privately accepted that significant mistakes were made in the sixth round of Premier League fixtures on Saturday, when both West Ham United and Newcastle United had goals ruled out after a VAR intervention despite both seeming to have been valid to the vast majority of spectators.

Games between Aston Villa and Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leicester City, also had controversial decisions, but the Chelsea game and Newcastle game were the major bone of contention, with the PL chiefs demanding the PGMOL explains why both goals were ruled out. The PGMOL has promised to co-operate.

The Premier League is said to be determined that interventions to rule out goals should only be made when there can be no doubt a call to overrule the original decision of the on-field referee, and is concerned about its reputation being damaged by inconsistent and often nonsensical officiating.