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Postecoglou breaks his silence on the controversial VAR decision against Liverpool

Ange Postecoglou says it is unlikely he would have allowed Liverpool to score after Luis Diaz’s goal was wrongly disallowed against Tottenham.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp raised the possibility of a replay after Diaz’s goal was chalked off for offside due to a mix-up in the VAR room as Spurs went on to win 2-1 in stoppage time.

Asked if he would have let Liverpool score had the officials given him the chance, Postecoglou said: “I just don’t see that.

“If we want managers to be the arbiters of these kind of things… we’ve got pretty hefty responsibilities at our football clubs but we’re not the custodians.

“I wouldn’t make a decision that could potentially send a club down on the back of what my beliefs are.

“In that moment, if somebody could tell me that they could explain everything that went on within the prism of 30 seconds… I have to make a decision and it wasn’t going to happen.

“It’s different if it’s something clear. It was a bad error through a lack of communication but it wasn’t something that was easily explainable. If it was easily explainable, I would assume there would have been more uproar than there was.”

Postecoglou admits Liverpool offside goal wasn’t an easy decision to call

Diaz believed he had scored a goal for Liverpool, who were playing with 10 players at the time, against Spurs. However, the assistant referee raised the flag for offside.

The VAR review showed that the winger was actually onside, but the VAR officials, Darren England and Dan Cook, incorrectly believed that the on-field decision had been to award the goal. As a result, they instructed Simon Hooper, the referee, to maintain his decision.

Audio released by PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) indicates that England and Cook were made aware of their mistake by the replay operator shortly after the game resumed with a free-kick for Spurs.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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