Premier League VAR officials that allowed Nathan Ake’s goal against Fulham to stand will NOT officiate matches this weekend after Howard Webb admits mistake

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The two VARs who failed to disallow Manchester City’s goal against Fulham for offside will not be in action at Stockley Park this weekend.

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VAR Tony Harrington and assistant VAR Adam Nunn were deemed at fault when City took their 2-1 lead through Nathan Ake, despite Manuel Akanji standing in an offside position and interfering with play as he was in front of Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Referee Michael Oliver allowed the goal to stand and that was not challenged by his colleagues, but Howard Webb, speaking on Match Officials Mic’d Up, admitted that was a mistake.

‘We think it’s a clear situation of offside,’ Webb said on the PGMOL’s new monthly show. ‘Unfortunately it wasn’t identified on the day and, of course, the learning from this one will also be shared amongst all of our group because we’re always looking to do better each and every week, and this was an error.’

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City went on to win 5-1, leaving Fulham furious with the decision.

The two VAR officials that allowed Nathan Ake's goal against Fulham to stand have been stood down for this weekend's Premier League games

The two VAR officials that allowed Nathan Ake’s goal against Fulham to stand have been stood down for this weekend’s Premier League games

Tony Harrington was the VAR official for the match

Adam Dunn was the assistant VAR and, like Harrington, also deemed at fault

VAR Tony Harrington (left) and assistant VAR Adam Nunn (right) were deemed at fault for the goal standing

PGMOL chief Howard Webb admitted on Match Officials Mic'd Up that the goal should not have stood

PGMOL chief Howard Webb admitted on Match Officials Mic’d Up that the goal should not have stood

Harrington will not play a significant role in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures as he is reduced to fourth official in Newcastle versus Brentford. 

Nunn has not been given an appointment in the top flight.

Harrington will, however, act as referee for the Championship clash between Hull and Coventry with Nunn as one of his assistants.

Oliver will oversee Wolves against Liverpool with Paul Tierney as his VAR.

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