New VAR guidelines will be adhered to during this weekend's Premier League fixtures following the catastrophic error witnessed during Liverpool's defeat by Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.
Luis Diaz saw his goal subjected to a VAR check during the first half of the Reds' eventual 2-1 defeat, which was later ruled out by officials working on the game. This effort should not have been taken away and would go on to have a major impact on the full-time score.
It later emerged miscommunication between on-field referee Simon Hooper and VAR lead Darren England was the reason the goal was chalked off, leading to Jurgen Klopp demanding a replay of this fixture in the interests of sporting fairness.
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The Premier League have come under intense criticism for this high-profile mistake and have now taken steps to avoid a repeat of a similar incident in the latest round of fixtures to be played today and tomorrow.
As part of the changes, the VAR lead will confirm the outcome of the checking process with the assistant VAR before a final decision is communicated to the on-field officials. This will stop the game restarting quickly as it did last week at Spurs. Such an approach would have avoided Diaz's goal being disallowed. The PGMOL claim this will enhance the clarity of communication with officials.
England mistakenly believed the on-field call was that Diaz had been deemed onside, ensuring when he told them 'check complete' it was understood their original decision off offside had been upheld and play therefore resumed.
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