17 July 2024

Sky sports reporter;24-year-Liverpool player left BBC analyst extremely dissatisfied…

Liverpool released a strongly-worded statement on Sunday night, insisting that “significant human error” is not an acceptable excuse for the decision to incorrectly disallow Luis Diaz’s first-half goal. The Colombia international was onside when the ball was played to him, but a remarkable mix up ultimately led to the goal being ruled out.

Spurs eventually won the match 2-1 against nine-man Liverpool, who had Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota sent off either side of half-time, thanks to a dramatic late own goal by Joel Matip. When told that PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) had released a statement confirming that Diaz’s goal had been wrongly disallowed, Klopp said during his post-match press conference: “We will not get points for it, so it doesn’t help. I think what everyone wants is, not everybody expects 100% right decisions on field, but I think we all thought when VAR comes in, it might make things easier.”

Why couldn’t referee Simon Hooper change the decision?

It turns out that VAR Darren England – who was stood down from duty for Nottingham Forest vs Brentford on Sunday, and Fulham vs Chelsea on Monday – informed referee Simon Hooper too late that Diaz’s goal should have been allowed. Initially told “check complete” by England, who had mistakenly believed that Diaz had not been flagged offside, Hooper restarted play with a Tottenham free-kick – under the impression that VAR had confirmed the offside call.

Hooper was only made aware of the mistake once the ball next went out of play, for a Liverpool throw-in, which means there was nothing he could do from that point due to the International FA Board’s protocols on VAR use. The current protocols state: “If play has stopped and been restarted, the referee may not undertake a ‘review’ except for a case of mistaken identity or for a potential sending-off offence relating to violent conduct, spitting, biting or extremely offensive, insulting and/or abusive action(s)

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