Significant human error’ proves costly for Liverpool Match

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - September 30, 2023 Liverpool's Luis Diaz scores a goal that is later disallowed Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR 'LIVE' SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.Luis Diaz’s goal was disallowed for offside.

In the first half of Liverpool’s English Premier League match against Tottenham, with 10 men on the field and a score of 0-0, forward Luis Daz converted a Mohamed Salah through pass to give his team an improbable lead. Liverpool and everyone else present believed this, at least.

The goal was controversially quickly called out for offside, and following Saturday’s game, English soccer’s refereeing organization, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), acknowledged that the goal’s disallowance was the result of a “significant human error” by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).


It turned out to be a costly error for Liverpool, who lost the game 2-1 with just nine players remaining after Joel Matip’s own goal with seconds remaining.

According to a statement given to CNN by the organization, “PGMOL acknowledge a significant human error occurred during the first half of Tottenham Hotspur v. Liverpool.”

“The on-field crew of match officials rejected Luis Daz’s goal because it was offside. The goal should have been awarded by VAR intervention because there was a glaring factual error, but the VAR did not step in.

In a statement, PGMOL promised to “conduct a full review into the circumstances which led to the error.”

Lines were drawn on the screen as per customary to establish if the goal was offside, but Darren England, the VAR, mistakenly believed referee Simon Hooper had already given the goal, therefore a ‘check complete’ was confirmed. The goal would have been awarded if VAR had intervened.

Reuters reports that PGMOL stated on Sunday that England and his assistant, Dan Cook, had been replaced for two Premier League games: Fulham’s matchup with Chelsea on Monday and Nottingham Forest’s matchup with Brentford on Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Juergen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool, looks dejected during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 30, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he ‘loved’ his team’s attitude.

A win for Liverpool would have put the Reds on top of the standings after Manchester City’s loss earlier in the day.

Instead, the Reds suffered a heartbreaking loss in a game in which Curtis Jones was dismissed in the first half and Diogo Jota was dismissed in the second, leaving Liverpool with just nine players with over 20 minutes still to play.

According to Jurgen Klopp, “so many things happened today that are not going our way.” “So close, yet nothing in the end.”

He continued, “I saw it, and I know whoever made the error didn’t do it on intentionally. There were numerous events on the field that may have been handled very differently. How can Diogo Jota, who has received two yellow cards in this game, leave the field? The first time, he hardly touched him and it was undoubtedly not his fault, so it wasn’t a caution.

“That is the actual issue. When was the last time you heard of an 11-v-9 game? Today, we were nearly 11 to 8 here. There weren’t any egregious fouls. The performance will live on in my memory long after the outcome has vanished. I admired our desire and approach.

It is astounding that an accurate judgment cannot be successfully transmitted from one authority to the next, especially given the stakes.

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