The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has completed its review of Saturday’s 2-1 incident in the Liverpool v Spurs match.
The company has already admitted its mistake after video assistant referee (VAR) Darren England did not count Diaz’s goal, although the replay showed that the striker was in an offside position. On Tuesday, the company announced new protocols that will be put in place to avoid a repeat of similar situations in the future.
We recognize that standards were not as expected and acknowledged Liverpool’s error immediately after the match, PGMOL said in a statement. The company added that it has made key findings to reduce the risk of the mistake happening again in the future.
PGMOL said a new VAR communication protocol will be developed to improve communication between the referee and the VAR team.
In addition, the VAR will have to confirm the result of the check with the assistantand VAR before communicating the final decision to the on-field umpires.
The PGMOL also said it would reiterate that speed of decision-making should not come at the expense of accuracy.
Following the defeat, Liverpool raised the issue of sporting integrity. A win would have seen Jurgen Klopp’s side move to the top of the Premier League.
The club issued a statement on Sunday saying it would explore all options given the obvious need to escalate and resolve the situation.
It is clear that the correct application of the laws of the game did not take place, resulting in a breach of sporting integrity,” Liverpool’s statement said. ‘We fully recognize the pressures that match officials are under, but these pressures should be alleviated, not exacerbated, by the existence and implementation of the VAR system.
Saturday’s error appeared to be a matter of concentration and communication, with VAR deeming Diaz’s goal to have counted initially. After the pIt was decided that the check was completed, i.e. the goal was scored.
But since the initial decision on the pitch was to declare Diaz offside, the response check completed appears to have confirmed that the offside decision was correct.
VAR Darren England and his assistant Dan Cook were suspended from further work at the weekend and will not officiate the next round of matches.
PGMOL said a detailed report, including audio recordings of conversations between officials, had been passed to the Premier League and then shared with all top-flight clubs.
PGMOL is committed to improving VAR performance through a new training program launched this season aimed at improving the process and best practice for all VARs, AVARs and replay operators in their specific roles, the governing body said.
It reportedShields said that work is underway to create a dedicated pool of VAR specialists and added that he will review with the English Football Association the policy of allowing officials to referee matches outside of FIFA or UEFA appointments.
It has emerged that England and Cook refereed the game in the United Arab Emirates on the Thursday preceding the Tottenham v Liverpool match.