Liverpool Football Club is taking action following the controversial disallowing of Luis Diaz’s goal against Tottenham Hotspur due to a “significant human error” by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). The PGMOL admitted their mistake and stated that the goal should have been awarded through VAR intervention.
The incident occurred when the VAR incorrectly believed that the on-field decision was to award the goal, resulting in the goal being ruled out despite Diaz being onside. Liverpool has publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of time given to make the correct decision and subsequent intervention.
In a statement released by the club, Liverpool acknowledged the failures and demanded transparency in the review process. They also called for improvements to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. The disallowed goal has sparked controversy and debate within the football community.
As a consequence of the mistake, both the VAR, Darren England, and the assistant VAR, Dan Cook, have been stood down from their next matches. This move has raised questions about the PGMOL’s decision to allow England and Cook to work in the United Arab Emirates before the Tottenham vs Liverpool match. Concerns have been raised about the workload of officials and the potential for fatigue leading to mistakes.
It is currently unknown when the VAR team realized their error. However, they deemed it too late to intervene once the game had been restarted. According to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) rules on VAR, play cannot be brought back after it has been restarted, except in cases of mistaken identity or potential sending-off offenses.
Despite this, some experts and pundits argue that the officials should have stopped the game and corrected the mistake. The controversial incident has sparked widespread discussion about the reliability and effectiveness of VAR in crucial moments of the game.
Liverpool’s determination to address the issue and advocate for improvements reflects their commitment to the integrity of the sport. They will be monitoring the review process closely and eagerly await the changes that will be implemented to prevent similar injustices in the future.