VAR made a mistake calling out in Liverpool’s draw. When Wolverhampton’s goal against Liverpool was disallowed for offside, manager Julen Lopetegui was incensed with the referees. The Spaniard said that the decision was incorrect and that VAR’s lack of assistance was unacceptable. In the dying seconds of Wolverhampton and Liverpool’s 2-2 draw, Toti Gomes scored, but the goal was disallowed for offside. The decision was reviewed by VAR, however, they were unable to secure a camera angle to overturn the lineman’s choice.
After the game, Lopetegui expressed his rage with the officials in a statement to the media “The offside doesn’t exist; we’ve seen that. I’m sorry. It’s not feasible. He has been told that it is offside, but we have seen the pictures, and it is not there. The choice is incorrect. Every day I make mistakes, and occasionally they do too. Unfortunately, the VAR is now available to us because, while I apologize, it’s not offside.”
According to reports, the Wolves captainand the Spanish manager went to the official’s chamber to voice their discontent. When discussing the offside ruling that favored his team, Jurgen Klopp asserted that they had a photo to suggest it might have been offside. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that he recognized Lopetegui’s sentiments and said: “Regarding their third goal, I’m not sure. We only have one image where it might appear off-side, but I can see why they are upset about it. The VAR shouldn’t have just one angle, as stated.”
Following their 2-2 draw, Liverpool and Wolverhampton will square off at Molineux in a rematch. The offside judgment was not shown to the stadium patrons, which incensed BBC Sport commentators. According to Emile Heskey and Eni Aluko, the fans should be provided with graphics while the choice is being made.
The former striker for Aston Villa stated: “We sat in the studio attempting to determine whether the bench and the crowd were related. Aluko thinks it was offside and that the ruling was justified, but he is baffled as to why Anfield cameras failed to capture the proper image. Modern stadiums: merely display them on the screen. There needs to be clarity. Although it wasn’t immediately obvious, Nunes was in an offside position and it was offside. The choice has been made, but it needs to be more obvious.”
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