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Lee Mason: Official leaves referees’ body PGMOL after VAR error

Lee Mason refereeing a match
Lee Mason officiated over 500 fixtures after he progressed to the Football League in 1998

Lee Mason will no longer officiate in the Premier League after leaving referees’ body PGMOL by mutual consent.

Mason, as the Video Assistant Referee, did not draw the guidelines to check for offside on Ivan Toney’s equaliser.

“We would like to thank Lee for his dedicated service to the professional game and wish him all the best for the future,” PGMOL said.

Following the draw with Brentford, Arsenal then dropped to second in the table after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in midweek – a result that moved Pep Guardiola’s side into top spot.

PGMOL chief refereeing officer Howard Webb contacted Arsenal to “acknowledge and explain the significant error” that occurred.

However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said the apology was not acceptable and added: “It wasn’t human error, it was not understanding your job.

“It cost Arsenal two points that are not going to be restored so we are going to have to find those two points somewhere else in the league.”

Bolton-born Mason was a Premier League referee for 15 years, overseeing 287 top-flight matches.

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