Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher claims Simon Hooper was '"powerless" and would have risked his own integrity had he backtracked to award Luis Diaz's ruled-out goal during Liverpool's match against Tottenham.
The Reds were denied an opener in the 34th minute on Saturday evening, shortly after Curtis Jones had been sent off for a challenge deemed to breach serious foul play.
They would then go on to lose the match 2-1 courtesy of an unfortunate injury time own goal, with PGMOL publishing a letter to state the wrong outcome had been reached with Diaz's strike due to a "significant human error."
Analysing the incident on Sky Sports' weekly Ref Watch programme, former top-flight official Gallagher agreed that the wrong decision had been made though drew the line against Liverpool's own club statement, published on Sunday night. The letter declared the incorrect call as "unacceptable" with a view that sporting integrity had been undermined.
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"I don't understand what that means, to be honest," he said. "Sorry. I seriously don't.
"It was a mistake, referees make mistakes all the time and you were saying it was my 25-year birthday at Sky yesterday, you can find loads of mine that I've made, honestly.
"But it was a mistake. It was a very, very, very bad mistake, there's no doubt about that, but it's a mistake. It is not done deliberately."
Also on the show's panel was regular Stephen Warnock, who made 67 Reds appearances in his time at the club. He took Gallagher to task over his opinion.
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