Carlos Carvalhal believes VAR would have handed Swansea a penalty and Newcastle’s Mo Diame a red card

Would VAR have helped Swansea?

Should Swansea have been handed a penalty when Newcastle’s Mo Diame appeared to block Mike van der Hoorn’s first-half attempt with his elbow?

Carlos Carvalhal believes Swansea would have been given a penalty and Diame a red card “within 10 seconds” if a Video Assistant Referee had been in use at St James’ Park.

The Swans left Newcastle with a point after a 1-1 draw, but the Premier League’s bottom club were aggrieved not to have departed with all three having seen Diame block Van der Hoorn’s goal-bound effort with his arm before the break.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Carvalhal said: “I can’t say that is a penalty because of the place I was. I must be honest, I didn’t see it – I said to the referee I didn’t see it – but with the technology that we have at the moment, after one minute my assistant said it was a clear penalty and a red card.

“I am absolutely sure that would have been a red card and a penalty, absolutely sure. In 10 seconds, the video referee would give a communication saying, ‘Stop, penalty and red card’, I am absolutely sure.”

Swansea went on to take the lead on the hour-mark when Jordan Ayew headed past ‘keeper Karl Darlow at the second time of asking, although Magpies sub Joselu pegged them back eight minutes later to earn Newcastle a point.

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