Several Premier League managers have shown their support for the referees with comments that will not help Liverpool’s battle for a resolution to the weekend’s drama.
The fallout from the calamitous refereeing performance in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham shows no signs of slowing down, with several league coaches asked for their opinion on the proceedings.
The club issued a statement on Sunday detailing plans to “explore the range of options available” after the PGMOL acknowledged that “significant human error” caused a legitimate goal by Luis Diaz to not stand.
Liverpool’s stance demonstrated a determination to ensure the same thing is prevented from happening again, something the entire league would benefit from.
However, not all Premier League managers have sympathized with the Man United boss. Erik ten Hag among those who have effectively offered their support to the referees involved.
“I don’t often comment on refereeing because they do what they have to do. Standards must be high.
“You can expect, the fans can, a high level, so it should be because it’s the Premier League. I’m sure they do what they can. I trust them.”
Saturday’s events at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium show that “trust” is not necessarily well placed and Liverpool are looking to put pressure on the relevant authorities to ensure improvements are made.
Vicente Kompany adopted a similar tone to Ten Hag ahead of Burnley’s trip to Luton, insisting the referees are “doing the best they can” with VAR:
“We have also had the same situation with VAR this season and when you are on the wrong side it hurts a lot.
“I prefer to talk about us doing the best we can and doing it well, that we do the best we can for football, rather than singling out individuals and making it about them.
“I think they’re doing the best they can, but obviously we make mistakes.”
The man Kompany will face in the opposition dugout on Tuesday night, Rob EdwardsHe suggested that VAR can benefit the game, but believes it currently only works in certain situations.
“I am in favor of VAR as long as we make the right decision.
“We need it for objective issues, goal-line technology, offside, but when it’s just someone else’s opinion on things like handball then it’s a bit grey.”
The comments come after the Tottenham boss. Ange Postecoglou He dismissed the Reds’ complaints after the dramatic encounter and suggested that teams must “deal with” the mistakes made despite the use of technology.
arsenal coach Mikel Arteta He showed more sympathy towards the Reds, saying that he hopes the club “gets what they deserve” and that it can be “extremely frustrating” to be denied points for such obvious mistakes.
Liverpool’s statement showed their intention to improve the standard of refereeing in the English top flight and was followed by a formal request for VAR audio which led to the decision to rule out Diaz’s first-half goal.
It is unclear what action the PGMOL and the Premier League will take in response to the club’s protest, but anything that can improve refereeing standards in this country will benefit all clubs in the division and not just Liverpool.
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