Liverpool unimpressed with description of incident as «a significant human error»; Reds have made a formal request to the PGMOL for the audio conversations; PGMOL defends midweek UAE assignment
Monday 2 October 2023 20:22, UK
Liverpool want a transparent and thorough investigation into the procedural failings that saw Luis Diaz's goal incorrectly ruled out at Tottenham on Saturday.
Sky Sports News understands the club do not want to single out an official and have taken umbrage with PGMOL's framing of events as «a significant human error», which unfairly pits an entire breakdown in the application of the Laws of the Game solely on the VAR for the match, Darren England.
Liverpool want a thorough examination of the process and a terms of reference for the review. This would range from the appointment of the refereeing team — given three of them had worked in the United Arab Emirates 48 hours before the game, prompting questions of workload, fatigue and the quality of preparation — to the aftermath of an unprecedented error described as the worst seen in the Premier League.
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The overriding sentiment is there needs to be a comprehensive procedural review rather than the scapegoating of any single human being. Jurgen Klopp had said in his post-match press conference: «I'm pretty sure whoever did that, who made that decision, didn't do it on purpose.»
Liverpool have made a formal request to the PGMOL for the audio conversations between the officials to gain a clearer understanding of what happened and why protocol was placed above sporting integrity.
There has been a wide acknowledgment within the refereeing community that as such a seismic gaffe wasRead on skysports.com