Howard Webb to hold peace talks with Nottingham Forest owners amid VAR controversy

Premier League Referees Chief Howard Webb is scheduled to engage in peace talks with Nottingham Forest’s owners this week, aiming to address the controversy surrounding their recent defeat at Everton, fueled by contentious VAR decisions.

Following Nottingham Forest’s claims that VAR Stuart Atwell harbored bias as a Luton fan, the club expressed dissatisfaction after being denied three penalty calls. Subsequently, they demanded access to the VAR audio, expressing their intention to explore their options.

In response, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the refereeing body, agreed to Forest’s request, adhering to their protocol of providing VAR audio upon club demand.

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Howard Webb, who is orchestrating the peace talks, plans to conduct an online session with Nottingham Forest, featuring the playback of VAR audio capturing the disputed penalty appeals from the match against Everton.

The meeting is set to take place before their upcoming clash against Manchester City and may involve manager Nuno Espirito Santo, depending on the team’s schedule.

Additionally, Forest, Santo, player Neco Williams, and the club’s refereeing consultant Mark Clattenburg have been approached by the Football Association (FA) for their observations.

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