Ralph Hasenhuttl insists VAR penalty decision was correct in Brighton win


Saints full-back Kyle Walker-Peters was adjudged to have actually been reduced by Brighton’s Solly March inside the box by VAR.

Ralph Hasenhuttl firmly insisted that the foul resulting in Danny Ings’ questionable and definitive penalty was inside the area as Southampton originated from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Brighton.

The 2,000 Seagulls fans in participation experienced Saints battle back from a goal down to secure all 3 points in a Premier League game which included 2 charges.

Pascal Gross fired Brighton into the lead from the spot after the ball hit James Ward-Prowse‘s arm in the area, prior to Jannik Vestergaard headed in the equaliser.

Then, with 10 minutes staying, substitute Ings fired home on his return from injury after Southampton were granted a questionable spot- kick.

Kyle Walker-Peters was reduced by Solly March and referee David Coote at first granted a free-kick outside the area.

A prolonged VAR review ultimately overthrew the on-field decision and a penalty was offered, and the Southampton manager feels it was correct.

“The longer it (the VAR review) took, the more I was convinced that it was inside the box because otherwise they wouldn’t have looked so long,” Hasenhuttl stated.

” However it was the right decision I think due to the fact that it was clear inside the box and this is what we have VAR for and I can definitely comprehend and I’m very delighted.

” This situation is very difficult to see for a referee however with VAR it is simple to see due to the fact that they have the review all the time, it’s not about if it was a foul or not, it was a foul and after that you need to choose if it’s inside or not and I think it was clear inside.

“It was important that (Ings) scores in that moment and it’s important to have subs like him and Reddy ( Nathan Redmond) in that minute since that provides us absolutely more chances.

“And in such a tight game, if you want to turn the table, you need quality from the bench and today I think it was the winning part that we can bring players on like these two.”

Brighton boss Graham Potter confessed he needed to accept the decision and the process.

“It felt like longer than two minutes (for the VAR review) but I haven’t seen it back closely,” he stated.

” I think the general sensation was that it was going to be offered outside the box however if VAR have actually considered that it’s inside, I expect we need to accept that.

” That’s what they’re there for in regards to ensuring factually inside or outside the box and, if they consider it inside, then we need to accept it.

“Apparently they don’t look if it’s a factual one, when I spoke to the referee, so in terms of inside or outside the box there’s nothing for him to look at, that’s when VAR intervenes, if it’s a contact then maybe you can look at it.”

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