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Marco Silva says VAR has cost Everton ‘five or six points’ this season

• Premier League admits Brighton decision was erroneous
• Everton need a return at Southampton after recent mishaps

Marco Silva’s grievances against VAR are likely to have increased after the Premier League informed Everton that its TV official for the Brighton game, Lee Mason, was wrong to award a penalty against Michael Keane.

The Everton manager remains under severe pressure before Saturday’s visit to Southampton with his team fourth from bottom of the Premier League and without an away league win all season. But his predicament has not been helped by several VAR controversies going against his side. Silva believes Everton could have had five more points from their last two games alone but for VAR awarding Brighton an 80th-minute penalty when his side led 2-1 at the Amex Stadium and not penalising Dele Alli for handball during Sunday’s draw with Tottenham. Silva was among the northern Premier League managers who met the referees’ chief, Mike Riley, on Thursday to discuss the damaging impact VAR is having on the game.

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