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Liverpool to receive audio of VAR controversy prior to public release


Liverpool will be sent audio of Saturday’s offside row at Tottenham before it is released publicly, the PA news agency understands.

The club are understood to have requested audio relating to the “serious human error” which led to Luis Diaz’s goal against Spurs being disallowed, and issued a statement on Sunday saying they would consider their options given “the clear need for escalation and resolution.” .

PA understands the goal was disallowed due to a miscommunication between VAR Darren England and referee Simon Hooper.

It is understood that Professional Game Match Officials Limited has always been committed to releasing the audio in an effort to ensure transparency and that it should be shared with Liverpool in the first instance.

The organization has not ruled out the audio being featured on the next Match Officials: Mic On program, scheduled for Monday next week, or possibly sooner.

England and his assistant VAR Daniel Cook have not been included among the officials on duty at Premier League matches this coming weekend.

The pair had already been replaced for the remainder of their duties for Game 7, with England due to be fourth referee for Nottingham Forest v Brentford on Sunday and Cook due to become assistant referee for Fulham’s clash with Chelsea on Monday .

PGMOL is currently reviewing Saturday’s incident.

Hooper and his assistants were caught offside against Dias on the field and the PA news agency understands that although England followed the correct line-drawing procedure, he lost concentration and mistakenly believed the original on-field decision had been made.

As a result, he sent Hooper a notice that the review had been completed, rather than informing him of the interference and the goal being credited.

Once the referees realized a mistake had been made, play restarted and the VAR reports stated that once that happened there was no going back to review the decision.


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