Two Video Assistant Referee (VAR) referees have been benched for the rest of the weekend’s games after wrongly ruling that Luis Daz’s goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham should have stood.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organization responsible for refereeing in England, has already stated that a goal scored by Daz was wrongfully called out for offside because the VAR, Darren England, and assistant VAR, Dan Cook, mistook the on-field officials’ calls for their own.
In the 34th minute, Diaz appeared to put the Reds ahead, but the flag went up for offside.
The on-field call was incorrectly interpreted as a “goal” by the VAR crew.
As soon as they saw that Dáz was playing in, they yelled “check complete” to the on-field team to verify the goal.
However, when this was relayed to referee Simon Hooper, he accepted the offside call made by his assistant on the field.
As a result, the call was not overturned to a goal but rather stood as a no goal.
On Sunday, Craig Pawson will officiate instead of England, who was slated to do so for Nottingham Forest’s match against Brentford. Cook, like Smart before him, has been removed from his position as assistant coach for Monday’s match between Fulham and Chelsea.