Luis Diaz's goal for Liverpool at Tottenham was mistakenly disallowed by the officials; VAR failed to overturn an incorrect offside call after believing the on-field decision had been to award the goal; PGMOL admitted VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook failed to act
Tuesday 3 October 2023 18:58, UK
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The VAR audio from Luis Diaz's wrongly disallowed goal for Liverpool at Tottenham has been released by the PGMOL, revealing the replay operator was the only person to immediately spot the mistake and urge the officials to stop the game.
In the first half of the match, Diaz was flagged offside after scoring but replays showed he was actually onside.
But Darren England, the VAR, mistakenly believed the on-field decision had been to award the goal, leading him to tell Simon Hooper, the referee, that the check was complete.
Once England and the assistant VAR Dan Cook were alerted to their mistake by the replay operator, they repeatedly said they could not intervene as the game had restarted.
«Can't do anything,» said England as the replay operator asked for the game to be stopped.
In an increasingly-frantic exchange, the unnamed replay operator says: «Oli's calling in to say delay the game. The decision is onside».
It's understood that the 'Oli' referred to is Oli Kohout, the VAR Hub Operations executive.
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Audio from fourth official Michael Oliver is not included in the clip.
As the replay operator continues to try to stop the game, England states «can't do anything» five more times before Cook agrees by adding: «They've restarted».
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