“This is one of the situations VAR will in the future say ‘clear penalty’ – it will be clear.”

VAR can only be used at Premier League stadiums where there is a direct link back to the Premier League studios west of London – where the official operating the system has access to between 12 and 15 camera angles, including four cameras in each goal.

At St James’ Park, with the game goalless, the home side’s Mohamed Diame appeared to handle the ball after Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn flicked it towards goal.

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The draw – and a win for West Brom – left Swansea still at the foot of the Premier League table, four points behind 17th-placed Bournemouth.

Where a VAR review is used, it will normally be triggered during stoppages in play and limited to four types of match-changing incidents:

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