With the English Premier League set to introduce Video Assisted Refereeing (VAR) in the Premier League 2019/20 season, things are bound to change.
Briefly.co.za has compiled a list courtesy of Sky Sports, of the seven instances this season that poor decisions would have been easily overturned, if the officials had a chance to check the replays:
1. Southampton 1-1 Watford
A game filled with one controversial decision after another, Charlie Austin's disallowed goal was an error of judgement.
Referee Simon Hooper appeared to have seen the ball go in after deflecting off teammate Maya Yoshida, when the replay clearly showed it was off a Watford player.
Yoshida did not touch the ball or get involved in play.
2. Southampton 1-1 Watford
Watford in the same game were denied a clear penalty when Ryan Betrand - who was already on a yellow card - fouled Nathaniel Chalobah in the box.
If the decision was allowed it probably would have seen the Hornets one man down and Southampton gain maximum points.
3. Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez looked to have handled the ball just before Anthony Martial scored the equaliser that sparked United's emphatic comeback.
The decision would likely have changed the outcome of United's important winner.
4. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
Sadio Mane was unfairly ruled to be offside and denied Roberto Firmino a clear goal.
Man had been initially in an offside position but did not get involved in play and was back onside by the time Firmino had fired home the ball.
5- Arsenal 2-0 Everton
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was offside when Aaron Ramsey passed to him.
Although the result would have still been in favour to the Gunners, it may have given the Toffees some hope in scoring an equaliser and splitting points.
6. Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City
Lovren got off the hook after he tackled Sergio Aguero in the penalty area.
Unfortunately for City, no penalty was awarded despite the Croatian having had no contact on the ball after dropping Aguero.
7. West Ham 3-1 Manchester United
The hosts opener could have easily been ruled offside after Pablo Zabaleta appeared to be offside when he fed the ball into the box, where Felipe Anderson finished with a fantastic back-heel.
There was a big distance between Anderson and Lindelof, who was then said to have played him onside.
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