In Liverpool’s match against Sheffield United on Saturday, there was even more Video assistant referee (VAR) controversy, with the mechanism awarding a penalty without actually checking if the incident was a foul or not.
If such a thing was even logistically feasible, Liverpool Football Club would not be sending a Christmas card to VAR.
After the controversy of last weekend’s Merseyside Derby, the technology has inflicted another decision against the Premier League champions in the opening stages of the game against Sheffield United.
Referee Mike Dean had originally deemed Fabinho’s foul on Oli McBurnie to be outside the box but after another look, the VAR, being led by Andre Marriner judged the incident to be inside the area.
A penalty was awarded and Sander Berge converted to put the Blades 1-0 up at Anfield.
Does Fabinho get the ball?
Is it inside the box?
— Goal (@goal) October 24, 2020
The decision has not gone down well amongst Liverpool supporters. Read Some Tweets
Just seen the replay. That's another horrendous decision from the VAR official. This time it's Andre Marriner.
Fabinho clearly played the ball and looks like the challenge was just outside the box.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) October 24, 2020
So not only does Fabinho win the ball, he wins it outside the area.
Football getting ruined by the week.
— Keifer MacDonald (@KeiferMacd) October 24, 2020
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) October 24, 2020
Win the ball, pause the video so the tackle is clearly visibly inches outside the box, and VAR gives a penalty. The past week or so has been beyond a joke. Not Mike Dean's fault – the fraud on VAR needs his eyes checked, yet again
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) October 24, 2020
They are literally just making shit up here!!!
Not a foul and outside the box
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) October 24, 2020
It’s been a strange start to the season for Jürgen Klopp’s side.
No Premier League team has conceded more goals this season than Liverpool (14).
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 24, 2020
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