sport news Stoke City boss Paul Lambert demands VAR in Premier League

Paul Lambert called for the introduction of video assistant referee technology in the Premier League following struggling Stoke's controversial 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.

The relegation-threatened Potters more than matched their hosts for much of Sunday's game before the Gunners were awarded a debatable penalty when Bruno Martins Indi appeared to win the ball as he challenged Mesut Ozil.

Referee Craig Pawson gave the 75th-minute spot-kick, which converted to break the deadlock.

Stoke City boss Paul Lambert was left ruing a controversial penalty call after defeat at Arsenal

Stoke City boss Paul Lambert was left ruing a controversial penalty call after defeat at Arsenal

, Arsenal's £56million record signing, soon added a second before substitute Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from a seven-week injury layoff by completing the scoring with another penalty after he was fouled by Badou Ndiaye.

VAR's use in England has so far been restricted to cup competitions and Potters boss Lambert believes Pawson's decision shows it is required in the top flight.

'I've seen VAR work. I saw it in Germany and it worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all,' he said.

'We bring it over here and it seems to be confusing. In those sort of instances (the first penalty), absolutely (it should be used).

Bruno Martins Indi (right) was adjudged to have fouled Mesut Ozil but it appeared the Arsenal midfielder had kicked the Stoke City defender first

Bruno Martins Indi (right) was adjudged to have fouled Mesut Ozil but it appeared the Arsenal midfielder had kicked the Stoke City defender first

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted home the resulting 75th minute penalty kick

slotted home the resulting 75th minute penalty kick

'Because the way the game's going, the referees maybe need a little bit of help as well. I just spoke to Craig not long after the game and asked him what he saw.

'In big moments in big games, I think you've got to be 100 per cent right to call them, especially in the magnitude of the game. It was a game-changer.

'I know we've got the benefit of the replay and Craig doesn't but I just think big moments you have to be so

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