Referee chiefs on why Man Utd’s goal was not overturned

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The match between Man United and Liverpool was quite eventful around the VAR.

First was Marcus Rashford’s opener which Liverpool players demanded for it to be ruled out following what was considered a foul on Origi.

Martin Atkinson, the on-field referee, was at close range and had declared it not a foul. This infuriated the Reds players and thus the VAR had to be checked.

To their surprise, the VAR did not rule in their favor as it just showed contact between Victor Lindelof and Divock Origi and nothing more.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) also gave explanations as to why United’s goal was not overturned. Their explanation was based on the referee’s decision that was backed by the VAR which proved Lindelof’s contact was not enough to be ruled as a foul.

When Sadio Mane scored what was to be Liverpool’s equalizer, the VAR in this case disqualified the goal as it picked a handball from Mane which further infuriated Klopp.

Luckily for the Reds, Adam Lallan equalized five minutes from time which sealed the game as a draw. However, the draw has put a stop to Liverpool’s consecutive Premier League wins pulling them one score behind Man City.

In his statement, Jurgen Klopp praised Man U for their strong defense but pointed out that their score was aided by the flaw in the VAR. For him, the game proved that the VAR had some flaws that needed looking into.


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