GABRIEL was slammed in the VAR audio check of Newcastle’s controversial winner against Newcastle.
The Arsenal defender’s claim that he had been fouled by Joelinton was brutally dismissed in just 15 seconds.
The most damning assessment in the four-minute clip now published by the referee chiefs fell on Gabriel: “I don’t see any impetus that would justify him flying forward like that.”
Anthony Gordon scored the only goal of the game and inflicted the Gunners’ only Premier League defeat so far this season.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta described the decision to allow the winner after THREE VAR checks as “embarrassing” and a “disgrace”.
Video replays assessed whether the ball went out of bounds, whether Joelinton had obstructed the Gunners defender and whether there was an offside position.
And Arteta described the overall rating as “unacceptable”.
He added: “We are losing the game because of the clear and obvious decisions.”
Sky Sports played the full replacement of the VAR reviewing the goal.
Initially it was decided that there was “no conclusive evidence that the ball is out” – as Joe Willock stretched to gain control before delivering his decisive cross.
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The audio also confirmed that there was “no offside call.”
But the clearest verdict seemed to be that Gabriel jumped in with Joelinton.
The VAR analysis said: “I don’t see any specific foul on Gabriel.”
“I see two hands on his back, but I see no impetus that would justify him flying forward like that.”
“So I see the ball coming off Joelinton without there being a specific foul there.”
Howard Webb, the PGMOL’s chief referee, told Sky the triple check was an “unusual” situation.
But he supported the VAR process as he watched it step by step, adding: “The process was correct.”