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Is this what really happened in VAR room? Remarkable claim emerges over Liverpool disallowed goal



Luis Diaz saw a perfectly good goal ruled out in the first half of Liverpool’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

A remarkable explanation has been mooted for Luis Diaz’s wrongfully disallowed goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur.

In an extraordinary claim, Dale Johnson of ESPN has suggested that Darren England, who was on VAR, checked the offside thinking the onfield decision was ‘goal’.

The incident occurred shortly after Liverpool were reduced to 10 men following Curtis Jones’ red card. Diaz broke in behind the Spurs defence firing home but his celebrations were cut short after the assistant referee’s flag was immediately raised.

Concerns and outrage on social media was sparked after many queried why the decision was abrupt and the offside lines were not drawn.

Following the match, the PGMOL released a statement admitting the goal should have stood – and cited “significant human error” as the reason behind the mistake.

But it was even later in the evening that more details emerged of what apparently took place at Stockley Park.

In a series of posts, VAR expert Johnson took to X, formerly Twitter: “So the VAR, Darren England, checked offside thinking the onfield decision was ‘goal’.

“It was a quick offside check because it was clear Diaz was onside, so he told the referee ‘check complete’

“In telling the ref ‘check complete’ he is saying the onfield decision was correct.

“So the ‘human error’ by the VAR team is getting the onfield decision wrong. Not by failing to draw lines etc”.

Johnson added: “The lines were drawn and Diaz was clearly onside. The huge, quite unbelievable error was misunderstanding the onfield decision.

“As soon as Spurs take the free-kick for the offside, which they were set up for, the decision cannot be rolled back. Can only imagine the VAR room when that free-kick was taken…”

Tottenham captain Heung-min Son went on to open the scoring, firing into the back of the net from Richarlison’s cut-back but Liverpool fought back through Cody Gakpo – netting his second Premier League goal of the season.

The Reds were on the verge of claiming an important point when Joel Matip sliced a clearance into the back of his own goal to hand Spurs the points.

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