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Liverpool have 8 reasons to be furious after after ‘worst officiated match in EPL history

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Luis Diaz’s wrongly disallowed goal was not the only controversial refereeing decision in Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool are right to feel aggrieved after one of the worst refereeing errors in Premier League history cost them a last-minute 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Luis Diaz’s goal was wrongly ruled out in the first half and PGMOL admitted the decision not to score was a “significant human error” as VAR did not intervene. Manager Howard Webb apologized to the club after the final whistle.

It was later revealed that VAR Darren England and his assistant Dan Cook were not aware that the on-field decision was to disallow an away goal in what was described as a momentary lapse in concentration and did not intervene after the game. was restarted due to game laws.

Such a mistake is the most embarrassing of mistakes and has naturally been the main talking point since the Reds’ last-minute loss. But while Liverpool were inexplicably denied a perfectly valid goal, it is not the only decision club sources regret.

Jurgen Klopp’s side finished the game in north London with nine men after Curtis Jones received a straight red card in the first half, while Diogo Jota picked up two bookings in quick succession after the break. The midfielder will now serve a three-match ban, while the striker will miss the Reds’ trip to Brighton next weekend with a one-match ban.

But was sacking both players the right decision? Jones was initially booked by referee Simon Hooper for a foul on Yves Bissouma, but the referee raised the red card after ordering Takla to be re-checked on the VAR screen. Admittedly, Takla looked disgusted in slow-motion and stop-motion as Hooper was shown footage of Jones’ tackles going over the ball and down to Bissouma’s ankle. But in real time it was a 50/50 challenge as the Liverpool midfielder won the ball and the pace took him over only for such a touch of the ball from the Spurs man and a proper save of his own.

While it’s fine to send a player high and wild on plays where he’s out of control and can’t make contact with the ball, that wasn’t Jones’ challenge. However, it is a decision that remains controversial and open to individual interpretation, both for the club and the player.

Meanwhile, Jota received his first yellow card for an apparent trip on Destiny Udogie. However, replays showed that the full-back had in fact already tripped over his feet and fallen to the floor before making minimal contact with the Portuguese’s knee.

The same player jabbed and kicked less than two minutes later. Jota had no excuses for his second yellow card when he tackled Udogie while trying to win the ball back. But if he hadn’t been booked for the first foul, he wouldn’t have been sent off for such a challenge.

Furthermore, Udogie was caught brandishing an imaginary card on the field after such challenges, despite the forward’s fate, and called on Hooper to take action. However, according to the stricter rules implemented this season, such activity should still merit its own reservation. Alexis MacAllister learned this the hard way on the opening day of the season at Chelsea when he was booked for allegedly waving an imaginary card at officials. With Richarlison doing the same directly in front of Hooper on Saturday night and also avoiding a penalty, the lack of consistency is obvious.

The fact that Udogie was already booked in the first half, so by the letter of the law he should have been sent off for a second bookable offence, makes such a mismatch even worse.

Nor was it the only inconsistent decision. In hindsight, Liverpool might have thought they should have been awarded a penalty for Micky van de Ven’s challenge on Joe Gomez in the first half. The Reds defender was first to the ball before the Dutchman joined him from behind the box, and it was reminiscent of Virgil van Dijk’s own tackle on Newcastle United’s Alexander Isak, which earned him a red card at the end of August.

Elsewhere, Pedro Porro was penalized for celebrating after taking his shirt off Joel Matip’s 96th-minute winner. However, he was one of many Tottenham players to celebrate with the crowd. Harvey Elliott and Jones were convicted of similar conduct in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Wolves just two weeks ago.

And wouldn’t the Tottenham full-back already be booked? Andy Robertson was booked in the 87th minute for trying to win the ball in the air against the Spaniard. However, the Scotland captain only looked at the ball while Porro simply looked at the Liverpool man with no intention of winning the ball himself.

Mistakes happen every weekend in every game on earth, from the Premier League to the deepest depths of amateur football. But at least at the highest level, the technology now exists to correct such errors. Essentially at least. Some will cry conspiracy when a match like the Reds’ trip to Spurs goes against you like this. But even if you want to believe that such incidents are cases of impropriety rather than corruption, it is still a bitter pill to swallow when many questionable decisions are analyzed from just one game.

Although the error disallowing Diaz’s goal is the biggest criticism of Liverpool’s defeat, it is clearly not the only decision to question. The inconsistency is obvious, and while the disallowed goal overshadows all the other incidents, juxtaposing them from the same game should raise further questions.

Although the error disallowing Diaz’s goal is the biggest criticism of Liverpool’s defeat, it is clearly not the only decision to question. The inconsistency is obvious, and while the disallowed goal overshadows all the other incidents, juxtaposing them from the same game should raise further questions.

Of course, many are open to personal interpretation, but they all still come together. Webb’s apology, especially for this one mistake, means nothing.
Despite the worst officiating error, the Reds are right to question whether their defeat against Spurs goes beyond and is actually the worst officiating match in Premier League history. Something has to change.

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