Darren England and Dan Cook have both been dropped from next weekend’s Premier League fixtures after the calamitous VAR error in Liverpool’s loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Luis Diaz incorrectly had a goal disallowed for offside in the Reds’ 2-1 defeat, with the PGMOL later admitting the mistake and putting it down to a ‘significant human error’, with referees chief Howard Webb contacting the club to apologise.
England and Cook were on VAR and Assistant VAR duty respectively for the match. It was later claimed that the belief inside Stockley Park was that the on-field decision was to disallow the goal for offside, in what has been described as a momentary lapse of concentration. 'Check complete' was seemingly called despite the goal being ruled out on the pitch - and the officials were then apparently unable to intervene once play had restarted due to the laws of the game.
The pair were both stood down from further Premier League action over the rest of the previous weekend, with England originally pencilled in to serve as fourth official in Nottingham Forest’s clash with Brentford on Sunday. Meanwhile, Cook was scheduled for assistant referee duties in Fulham’s meeting with Chelsea on Monday night.
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England had also been scheduled to referee Leicester City’s Championship clash with Preston North End on Wednesday night, but has been replaced by Thomas Bramall following the VAR controversy at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And both England and Cook will remain out of action when the Premier League resumes next weekend.
Simon Hooper, the on-field match referee forRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk