VAR didn’t check for Jordan Pickford red card despite horror tackle vs Liverpool

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VAR official David Coote did not check Jordan Pickford’s horror lunge for a possible red card.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was left in agony after a calamitous challenge from the England international which was shrouded in confusion because the defender had been offside.

The Premier League have now confirmed that the tackle itself was not checked by the officials at Stockley Park – and that might have been because the focus was on the previous phase of play.

Everton then scored through Michael Keane, before goals from Mohamed Salah and Dominic Calvert-Lewin ensured the points were shared.

ESPN have reported the response from the Premier League, which is set to leave Liverpool fans fuming.

One fan wrote on Twitter: "That’s a two-legged tackle. Instant red. Am I missing something?"

With a second adding: "How is Pickford still on the pitch? And with the benefit of VAR? That’s a straight red, no question. The fact that it was offside is irrelevant. Dangerous play, red card!"

And a third saying: "I find it disgusting how he didn't even get a card."

Former Premier League ref Peter Walton then told BT Sport: "It's a two-stage [process].

"First of all, they look at that offside. And when we saw the pictures, it looks like he was offside to begin with. However, when we freeze the frames, you'll see that van Dijk is just being played offside when he goes through there."

Before adding: "The foul from Pickford, though, is still relevant. Even though the whilst may have gone, or the game has stopped, players are still accountable for their actions.

"The VAR will have looked at that to see if there's a point of serious foul play happening. Personally, I think it was serious foul play and that Pickford was a lucky player not to have been sent off for that particular challenge."

  • Everton FC
  • Liverpool FC
  • Premier League
  • Jurgen Klopp
  • Carlo Ancelotti
  • Mohamed Salah
  • Virgil van Dijk

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