EPL: VAR Error Officials Dropped From Weekend Games

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) officials who incorrectly disallowed a goal for Liverpool in their Saturday against Tottenham will not be officiating in this weekend’s Premier League games.

Referee Darren England and his assistant Dan Cook did not intervene when Liverpool’s Luiz Diaz was mistakenly flagged offside during the game.

As a consequence of this error at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, England and Cook have been excluded from officiating in the remaining fixtures for the weekend. The governing body of referees, PGMOL, acknowledged that the decision to disallow the goal was a significant human error.

In response to this incident, Liverpool criticized PGMOL, deeming their explanation as “unacceptable” and suggesting that it undermined the integrity of the sport after their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham when the goal was ruled out. On Monday, the club formally requested access to the audio recordings between the match officials to gain a better understanding of how the communication breakdown occurred.

Simon Hooper, the on-field referee from that game, will serve as the VAR official for Bournemouth’s match against Everton and Michael Oliver, the fourth official in Saturday’s Tottenham fixture, will officiate in two games. Oliver will be the VAR official for Luton’s game against Tottenham on Saturday and will take charge on the field for Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on Sunday.


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