The biggest storyline to come out of Tottenham Hostpur‘s weekend win over Liverpool FC was Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal. In real time, it looked like Diaz’s goal was valid and should have been given by VAR. Instead, the game continued and the goal was confirmed as offside, which was the call on the field.
The goal would have given Liverpool a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. Instead, Tottenham scored two minutes later and ended up winning 2-1 against a Liverpool side that also saw two of their players sent off with red cards. Once the match ended, fans immediately wanted the process of VAR’s decision to uphold the offside call on Diaz’s goal to be released to the public.
Luis Diaz’s offside goal should have stood
On Tuesday, the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL), the refereeing body of the Premier League, released the full audio of the VAR process. It was ultimately deemed incorrect, meaning the goal should have been awarded.
What’s clear from the audio is that there was a severe miscommunication between the VAR officials and on-field referees, which led to the brutal mixup. VAR had actually quickly determined the goal was valid, saying “check complete“. Unbeknownst to them, the on-field call had been offside.
Because the game had restarted, their calls to “stop the game” had no basis. A pair of expletives rung out throughout the process as the parties at fault realized their mistake.
PGMOL also released a statement
PGMOL can confirm that we have carried out a review into the circumstances which led to the Luis Diaz goal being incorrectly disallowed for offside… We recognise standards fell short of expectations and acknowledged the error to Liverpool immediately after the conclusion of the fixture. The VAR and AVAR in question were removed from their remaining fixtures in Match Round 7 in the Premier League and have not been included in the appointments for Match Round 8 this weekend.
They also mentioned some steps that will be taken in order to mitigate errors like this one in the future.
While that’s great and all, it’s absolutely no consolation for Liverpool, who surely feel extremely slighted. There’s no predicting what the result of the game had been if the Diaz goal stood, but there’s no denying it would not have played out in the same exact way.
The match ended with Tottenham jumping Liverpool in the standings up to second place, although Liverpool is only one point behind in fourth.