VAR expert reveals the exact reason why Liverpool star’s goal vs Tottenham was disallowed

The exact reason why Liverpool forward Luis Diaz’s goal was controversially disallowed during Saturday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham has now been revealed - and it’s fair to say that it’s highly embarrassing for referees’ body PGMOL.

PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) issued a statement in the aftermath of the match, admitting “significant human error” was behind Diaz’s first-half goal being wrongly disallowed. The 26-year-old thought he’d given 10-man Liverpool the lead with an excellent finish past Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, but the assistant referee had raised his flag for offside.

An unusually quick video assistant referee (VAR) check by Darren England followed but, curiously, the customary offside line graphic was not shown. Broadcaster beIN SPORTS then showed footage to viewers at half-time which appeared to show that Diaz was, in fact, onside when the ball was played through to him.

It proved to be a pivotal moment in the match. Liverpool - who were reduced to nine men midway through the second half when Diogo Jota was sent off for a second bookable offence, following Curtis Jones’ earlier red card - went on to lose the match 2-1.

Son Heung-min put Spurs 1-0 up in the 36th minute before Cody Gakpo equalised on the stroke of half-time. The visitors battled valiantly with nine men after Jota’s dismissal but Joel Matip’s unfortunate own goal in the dying seconds handed all three points to Ange Postecoglou’s side and left Jurgen Klopp’s men cursing their luck.

Reacting to the PGMOL’s sheepish statement, Klopp told reporters: "We will not get points for it, so it doesn't help. I think what everyone wants is, not everybody expects 100% right decisions on field, but I think we all thought when VAR comes in, it might make things easier." Indeed, this is undoubtedly one of the biggest VAR gaffes since the technology was introduced - if not the biggest.


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