Lee Mason has left PGMOL following Arsenal VAR error


Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has confirmed that Lee Mason has resigned as a result of his VAR blunder in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Mason garnered criticism for wrongly allowing Ivan Toney‘s equalizer to count against Arsenal, failing to identify an offside player during his duty as the Video Assistant Referee – a blunder PGMOL later defined as ‘human error’.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta disregarded the apology from PGMOL, instead describing Mason’s error as ‘not understanding your job’.

Mason’s departure has now been confirmed following a mass meeting of all PGMOL executives.

“PGMOL can report that Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason has left the organization by mutual consent,” the organization said in a statement.

“Lee was a Premier League referee for 15 years and handled 287 top-flight matches during that time, with his last coming during the closing stages of the 2021/22 season. After joining the Football League in 1998, the 51-year-old officiated in over 500 matches during his whole professional career.

“We want to thank Lee for his committed devotion to the professional game and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Mason was removed from his initial match allocation following the gaffe – the second time such a decision was made after the 51-year-old made another costly error in Newcastle’s clash with Crystal Palace back in September – but has now left the club entirely.

John Brooks, who made a VAR blunder on the same day as Mason, will take over as fourth official in Aston Villa‘s early game against Arsenal on Saturday.

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