Gary Neville makes huge VAR demand after X-rated response to Tottenham and Liverpool offside


Gary Neville has called for the automated system used in UEFA Champions League to be introduced to the Premier League following VAR's incompetent display in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's side were on the receiving end of a series of debatable decisions by referee Simon Cooper and the video assistant in north London on Saturday. Midfielder Curtis Jones was shown a straight red card as referee Simon Hooper judged the challenge on Yves Bissouma to be dangerous play after reviewing the incident.

Spurs were then thankful for VAR moments later when Luis Diaz slotted home from a tight angle, only for the attacker's goal to be disallowed for offside. Initial images appeared to be extremely tight but the goal was quickly disallowed.

When speaking at half-time, Neville admitted that Liverpool would feel hard done by. "Well that offside, I’m still quite surprised by it," he said. "It didn't look offside at the time and I’ve always trusted the accuracy of the technology, but with that one, I'm mystified to be honest with you.

"That one, we were looking at the VAR monitors, we didn't see the lines go on there like we normally do and it was just the speed at which they came to the decision. How quickly it was made, it didn't feel like they'd had enough time to even look at it. We'll get an explanation later I suppose."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was more to the point with his complaint, claiming that PGMOL had made a huge error. Writing on X (formerly Twitter), he said: "When it takes this long for an answer from PGMOL over a contentious decision you know there's been a f**k up!"

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PGMOL subsequently released a statement following the game - which Spurs eventually won thanks to a Joel Matip own goal - which read: "PGMOL acknowledge a significant human error occurred during the first half of Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool.

"The goal by Luis Diaz was disallowed for offside by the on-field team of match officials. This was a clear and obvious factual error and should have resulted in the goal being awarded through VAR intervention, however the VAR failed to intervene.

"PGMOL will conduct a full review into the circumstances which led to the error. PGMOL will immediately be contacting Liverpool at the conclusion of the fixture to acknowledge the error."

And following the statement, Neville called for the automated system to be introduced. According to FIFA, the system supports officials to 'help them make faster, more reproducible and more accurate offside decisions'. Using 12 cameras at roof level, the system tracks the ball and was used in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Neville wrote: "Goal-line Technology and Offside have been the two pillars of accuracy with VAR. I’ve lost some confidence in the last month on offsides and this today erodes it further. Bring in the automated system straight away."

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