Some things actually get worse for sleeping on them, and further review of Kevin Friend’s decision to rule out Henri Lansbury’s equaliser against Crystal Palace, lifts this to one of the worst in living memory.
Whilst the players and travelling support reacted with total disbelief at the time, this has been followed by broad astonishment across the local, national and international press.
These types of errors also bring the credibility of both the competition and VAR into focus; with the result ultimately being flawed and the system for eradicating such errors failing (Andrew Madley was confirmed to have checked the incident at the time by a Premier League spokesman).
Even more evidence of the Grealish Dive Adrian… pic.twitter.com/I1wJW4zDW5
— Scott Goldblatt (@ScottAGoldblatt) September 1, 2019
“I couldn’t believe the decision. It’s not a VAR controversy. It’s just terrible refereeing. Rank bad refereeing.”
Kevin Friend’s decision to book Grealish for simulation is coming in for some stick from out panel. Do you agree?
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— Sunday Supplement (@SundaySupp) September 1, 2019
Reposting again to stop the twitter bots for blocking it ffs pic.twitter.com/oMTRy8NgmB
— Lawrence (@Lawrence_wolf) September 1, 2019
**Note the Premier League are actively removing any trace of this howler from social media under copyright rules – the Villa Underground will endeavour to keep the above clips alive and visible for scrutiny.