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PGMOL decision on Paul Tierney speaks volumes after Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool drama

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Paul Tierney has come under fire due to the role he played in Liverpool’s late winner against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.

Paul Tierney will not take charge of a Premier League match this weekend having come under fire for his controversial decision in Liverpool’s clash with Nottingham Forest over the weekend. Instead, the official has been selected to be based at Stockley Park in charge of VAR for the match between Arsenal and Brentford.

The Reds managed to retain their lead at the top of the table on Saturday thanks to a late winner from Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan international managed to steer his header past Matz Sels in the 99th minute at the City Ground to send the travelling Liverpool supporters into a frenzy.

However, the nature of the last-gasp winner has been somewhat overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the goal. The Reds received possession prior to their goal after Tierney restarted the match with a drop ball at the feet of Caiomhin Kelleher.

But Forest were left infuriated by that decision as they were in possession of the ball when play was halted due to a head injury sustained by Ibrahima Konate. Both players and supporters felt that Tierney should have restarted play with the ball at the feet of one of their players instead of the Liverpool goalkeeper.

The referee has come under immense criticism from ex-colleagues and pundits following the match, with many unhappy with how the decision could ultimately prove decisive in the title race.

PGMOL appear to be aware of the pressure mounting on the shoulders of Tierney and have taken him out of the limelight ahead of this weekend’s matches, with the 43-year-old not set to take charge of any Premier League games. He will instead be on VAR duty for when Arsenal host Brentford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

 

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