Following the turmoil surrounding Liverpool’s defeat to Tottenham, the Premier League has announced three adjustments to VAR that will effect Aston Villa and Wolves. The Premier League has indicated that three significant adjustments would be made to the VAR procedure following the publication of the astonishing audio that resulted in Liverpool having a goal disallowed at Tottenham.
During the odd exchange, referee Darren England and assistant Darren Cook reaffirmed to Simon Hooper that the on-field judgment should be upheld after Luis Diaz appeared to give Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead.
However, the couple had not realized the offside flag had been raised, and play had already resumed when they realized their blunder.
The Premier League has promised to reform how technology is utilized in the future as a result of the catastrophic consequences at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Both Aston Villa and Wolves have felt wronged by judgments made following VAR intervention.
Douglas Luiz was sent off against Fulham for starting a fight instead of the opposition’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, and this season, Gary O’Neil’s side was issued an apology after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United because referee Jonathan Moss failed to spot Andre Onana’s foul on Sasa Kalajdzic seven minutes into added time.
A Premier League spokesperson said: “Having reviewed all relevant footage of the disallowed Luis Diaz goal during the Tottenham Hotspur FC versus Liverpool FC match on Saturday, and PGMOL’s report into the incident, it is clear that there were not only human errors but systemic weaknesses in the VAR process. We accept PGMOL’s immediate recommendations to ensure that such failures are not repeated in the future.
“However, a wider review to seek consistently higher standards of VAR performance will be conducted by the Premier League and PGMOL, supported by other stakeholders, and where necessary further recommended actions will be brought forward and implemented.”
Among the changes, the Premier League have revealed that they will add a further layer of checks so, in future, the VAR will double check it with his assistant. Only then will the decision be relayed to the referee.
Rather of asking referees to switch between on- and off-filed duties, a new set of dedicated VAR specialists will be developed. Finally, Premier League executives have agreed to “review” Premier League officials’ ability to referee games outside of UEFA and FIFA assignments.
The latter evaluation comes after England and Cook were granted permission to oversee a match in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday before returning to the UK on Friday.