Mark Halsey column: Tanganga got too many warnings and I wouldn’t have given West Ham pen… but refs and VAR were generally good as Premier League returned

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It was great to have the football and the fans back this weekend. So much better with that atmosphere in grounds up and down the country.

Looking over the action, I was pleased with the overall standard of refereeing and VAR. That’s what we wanted to see.

Officials being a bit more lenient, not giving out yellow cards like confetti. VAR not getting involved in every decision and re-refereeing. Exactly how it should be.

I thought that Jacob Murphy got the ball in the Newcastle vs West Ham game when Martin Atkinson awarded a penalty.

Martin felt he got the man as well and gave the spot-kick. You look at it and think it’s very harsh, but it’s a subjective decision.

Last season VAR would’ve got involved, but irrespective of that, being subjective means VAR should never get involved. So it worked brilliantly on that occasion.

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On the whole, there were good performances all round from the officials.

Michael Oliver kicked it off well at Brentford on Friday night, but it is early days and there wasn’t a lot of intensity.

Former Premier League and FIFA referee Mark Halsey is a columnist for

One thing I would say if there are young referees out there… Anthony Taylor, when he spoke to Japhet Tanganga… he warned him once and indicated that next time he committed an offence he would be cautioned.

Taylor then called both captains all the way over for Tanganga’s next infraction.

If you tell a player you’re going to caution them, you have to do it, not give two final warnings. There was no need to drag Hugo Lloris all the way out from his goal.

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  1. Don’t read much into the too many fouls before being booked, Tanganga was defending against 2 players who hit the ground when they feel the faintest touch , VAR could be used behind the scenes to inform a ref that players have dropped with minimum contact which does not warrant a yellow due to the amount of fouls, as football is not a no contact sport just yet but appears to be heading that way.

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