Recent VAR clash in Liverpool match has experts giving their verdict.
Liverpool saw three VAR decisions go against them as Jurgen Klopp’s men conceded a late equalizer to draw 1-1 with Brighton
Diogo Jota’s ninth goal of the season had looked to give Liverpool all three points but the faintest of touches from Andy Robertson on Danny Welbeck – as well as a VAR replay – saw Brighton escape with a draw.
Referee Stuart Attwell initially did not award the Seagulls a penalty when Robertson tackled Welbeck in the final moments but was asked by VAR officials to take a look and then pointed to the spot.
While two offside calls also went against the Reds which saw both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah get their goals cancelled by the tiniest of margins, the penalty decision at the dying moments would have hurt the Reds the most.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, however, insists “VAR did its job” in awarding Brighton & Hove Albion a last-gasp penalty equaliser following Andy Robertson’s challenge on Danny Welbeck.
Clattenburg who was a Premier League referee from 2004-2017 wrote in his Daily Mail column saying that :
Penalise Andy Robertson and you’re accused of being harsh. Don’t penalize him and you’re accused of letting the champions off lightly.
“In real time, it did not appear to be a penalty because, given the direction of the ball, it must have looked to referee Stuart Attwell as if Robertson had played it.
“However, VAR Kevin Friend studied the incident in slow motion and saw that Danny Welbeck had got to the ball just before Robertson, who was committed to trying to clear the danger and caught the Brighton striker’s foot.
“So, there can be no debate — it was a foul. Jurgen Klopp wasn’t happy but I would have awarded a penalty, too.
Liverpool have won only once away from home this season. With twenty one points from ten games, the champion sit second on table level on points with table toppers Tottenham Hotspurs.
Klopp‘s men have already lost four points due to bad VAR calls this season and with the ever-growing injury list, it’s all pointing towards a long Premier League campaign for the defending champions.
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