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What is the Premier League's Goal Accreditation Panel?

18 Jan 2024
Gabriel, Arsenal

Any goal where the identity of the goalscorer is open to debate is reviewed by a three-person panel at Premier League Match Centre

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After the Premier League Goal Accreditation Panel decided that Arsenal's second goal against Crystal Palace on 20 January 2024 was a Dean Henderson own goal and nota Gabriel goal, here we explain what the panel is.

The Goal Accreditation Panel determines the goalscorers in the Premier League where the identity of the person who got the goal is open to debate.

The identity of the goalscorer is quickly identified by Opta, the Premier League's official data partners. 

However, if there is doubt over the identification, it is reviewed by a three-person panel at the Premier League Match Centre.

The panel usually consists of a representative of the PGMOL and two football experts.

Although there is no strict timescale on the accreditation of a goal, a conclusion is sought at the earliest possible convenience, with the utmost priority given to ensuring the final decision is correct.

The panel's decision is passed on to the Premier League's digital team and Opta, who ensure the goalscorer is communicated through their official channels.

A club can appeal against a decision to the Premier League’s Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel, who will review the footage and come to a decision.

What happens in Fantasy Premier League?

Decisions by the Premier League’s Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel do not affect points awarded to players in Fantasy Premier League. 

The "Scoring" section of the FPL rules say: "For the avoidance of doubt, points awarded in-game are subject to change up until one hour after the final whistle of the last match of any given day. Once the points have all been updated on that day, no further adjustments to points will be made."

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