A former Premier League referee has claimed that VAR has made officials "lazy" in the aftermath of Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds suffered a last-minute 2-1 defeat in north London, courtesy of Joel Matip’s unfortunate own goal in the dying seconds of the game. Cody Gakpo had got ’s side back on level terms in the first half after Son Heung-min’s opener and nine-man Liverpool were on the verge of fighting their way to an impressive point on the road.
While the narratives may have usually surrounded the dramatic defeat or two red cards shown to Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota, it is an offside call that has dominated the post-match headlines. Before Spurs had opened the scoring, Luis Diaz appeared to have given the Reds the lead after getting in behind the opposition’s backline.
Diaz looked to be onside but VAR did not overturn the original decision and play swiftly continued. PGMOL confirmed that a "significant human error" had resulted in the goal not being awarded and ex-Premier League ref Keith Hackett has blasted the overall use of VAR across the top-flight.
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“I do not believe that VAR has delivered on what it promised,” Hackett wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “That was to improve accuracy in the decision making process.
“Referees have become lazy, indecisive, reactive, not pro-active. Cards have been flashed, reducing their power as a deterrent. VAR is not working."
The two VAR officials from the game, Darren England and Dan Cook, were subsequently taken off their remaining Premier League assignments for the latestRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk