Liverpool criticizes PGMOL over VAR error

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Liverpool has voiced strong criticism against the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and issued a warning that they are prepared to explore various avenues in response to the VAR controversy during their match against Tottenham.

Liverpool has strongly criticized the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and has indicated that they are actively considering their options in response to the VAR controversy during the match against Tottenham.

The PGMOL publicly admitted that VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook made an error by not overturning the offside decision that wrongly disallowed Luis Diaz’s 34th-minute goal, as still images clearly showed Cristian Romero playing Diaz onside.

This disallowed goal occurred while the match was still tied, but it was marred by the controversial red card given to Curtis Jones, which was influenced by England’s intervention.

Despite the VAR officials being relieved of their duties for the remainder of the weekend, Liverpool is determined to continue pursuing this matter.

A statement read: “Liverpool Football Club acknowledges PGMOL’s admission of their failures last night. It is clear that the correct application of the laws of the game did not occur, resulting in sporting integrity being undermined.

“We fully accept the pressures that match officials work under but these pressures are supposed to be alleviated, not exacerbated, by the existence and implementation of VAR.

“It is therefore unsatisfactory that sufficient time was not afforded to allow the correct decision to be made and that there was no subsequent intervention.

“That such failings have already been categorised as ‘significant human error’ is also unacceptable. Any and all outcomes should be established only by the review and with full transparency.

“This is vital for the reliability of future decision making as it applies to all clubs with learnings being used to make improvements to processes in order to ensure this kind of situation cannot occur again.

“In the meantime, we will explore the range of options available, given the clear need for escalation and resolution.”

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