Liverpool fans were left bemused last weekend ahead of their 3-1 victory over West Ham United when kick-off was delayed slightly due to an issue with referee Chris Kavanagh’s communications equipment.
A mild hiccup, no big deal. Yet that was nothing compared to the communications issues that would engulf the Reds’ clash with Tottenham Hotspur just six days later, throwing top-flight officiating into disarray.
Jurgen Klopp’s side would finish the game with nine men as, having been on the receiving end of a number of controversial refereeing decisions throughout the match, they fell to a last-minute defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
One such incident saw Luis Diaz incorrectly have a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, when the scores were still 0-0. With the replays showing the Colombian to actually be onside, onlookers were left perplexed as the on-field decision was left to stand after what had appeared to be the briefest of checks.
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But with every further replay, it became increasingly clear that a monumental clanger had just been dropped. The two-hour silence and wait for an explanation from the PGMOL only heightened the disbelief and frustration, with their eventual answers only enhancing the calamity of what had actually unfolded in North London on Saturday evening.
The PGMOL would issue a statement confirming that the decision not to award the goal was a ‘significant human error’ after VAR had failed to intervene. Consequently, referees chief Howard Webb would reach out to apologise to the club after the final whistle,Read on liverpoolecho.co.uk