Although VAR worked well according the Premier League’s own criteria and followed the laws to the letter, there was much teeth-gnashing about what it means for the sport from now on.
So how does it work and what can we expect as the season progresses?
What is VAR – and what does it stand for?
The Video Assistant Referee system, known as VAR, is football’s first use of video technology to reach more correct decisions. The system was trialled in the FA and Carabao Cups in each of the last two seasons, and has already been employed in Italian and German league football as well as the 2018 World Cup.
What are the rules of VAR being used?
VAR only intervenes in the course of a match when the officials have made a ‘clear and obvious error’ in one of four key areas.
A close offside decision is the most common reason for VAR being consulted after a goal has been scored, but shirt-pulling and other infringements can cause goals to be chalked off.