Referees’ body, PGMOL, has admitted the decision to disallow Luis Diaz’s goal in nine-man Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur was “a significant human error”.
A remarkably quick VAR decision that omitted the customary offside line graphic at 0-0 and with the Reds down a man disallowed Diaz’s goal.
“PGMOL acknowledges a significant human error occurred,” the statement read.
“PGMOL will conduct a full review.”
The on-field crew of match officials “disallowed the goal by Luiz Diaz for offside. This was a clear and obvious factual error and should have resulted in the goal being awarded through VAR intervention; however, the VAR failed to intervene.
The Reds also had Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota sent off and lost to a stoppage-time goal by Joel Matip after resolutely keeping Spurs out.
Speaking after the match, Jurgen Klopp said his side’s defeat came in “the most unfair circumstances” with “crazy decisions”.
On Diaz’s disallowed goal, Klopp told Sky Sports: “That is not offside when you see it,” he told Sky Sports.
“The ball is between Mo [Salah]’s legs; they drew the line wrong and didn’t judge the moment when Mo passed the ball right.”