PGMOL chief Howard Webb set to break silence on TV over shocking Liverpool VAR blunder

PGMOL chief Howard Webb set to break silence on TV over shocking Liverpool VAR blunder

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PGMOL boss Howard Webb will break his silence on the horrific VAR blunder during Tottenham’s win over Liverpool when he appears on Match Officials: Mic’d Up next week.

Luis Diaz’s goal was incorrectly disallowed for offside against Spurs on Saturday, before VAR Darren England and AVAR Dan Cook made a huge error in failing to overturn the on-field decision.

Howard Webb will appear on TV to explain the VAR blunder

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Howard Webb will appear on TV to explain the VAR blunderCredit: Getty
VAR failed to overturn the on-field decision after Luis Diaz's goal was wrongly

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VAR failed to overturn the on-field decision after Luis Diaz’s goal was wronglyCredit: Sky Sports

The PGMOL apologised for the “significant human error” – which was that the VAR did not realise the on-field call was to disallow the goal.

Liverpool then demanded the VAR audio be released – which it was – before Jurgen Klopp called for the game to be replayed.

But now PGMOL chief Webb, 52, will open up about the incident on the the second episode of Match Officials: Mic’d Up.

The programme, that will be shown on Sky Sports and TNT Sports on Tuesday, is set to be joined on the broadcast by former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen.

Last month’s show analysed six different VAR incidents from the opening month of the Premier League season.

But, according to The Mail, the upcoming episode is set to focus solely on what happened at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It will be the first official interview from a member of the PGMOL since the huge VAR error.

VAR England and assistant Cook have both been axed from football fixtures this weekend.

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But referee Hooper is in line to be VAR for Bournemouth’s trip to Everton on Saturday.

After releasing the audio from the incident, the PGMOL also included a bullet point list of “key learnings” from the call.

They read: “Guidance to Video Match Officials has always emphasised the need for efficiency, but never at the expense of accuracy. This principle will be clearly reiterated.

“A new VAR Communication Protocol will be developed to enhance the clarity of communication between the referee and the VAR team in relation to on-field decisions.

“As an additional step to the process, the VAR will confirm the outcome of the VAR check process with the AVAR before confirming the final decision to the on-field officials.”



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