Ange Postecoglou says it would be a ‘dereliction of the game’ if Darren England doesn’t referee Liverpool again

Ange Postecoglou says it would be a ‘dereliction of the game’ if Darren England doesn’t referee Liverpool again

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Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou says he would be ‘surprised’ if VAR operator Darren England did not officiate another Liverpool game.

His comments come after Luis Diaz’s goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside in the Reds’ 2-1 defeat against Spurs last weekend.

The PGMOL admitted their mistake in Diaz's goal being incorrectly ruled out

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The PGMOL admitted their mistake in Diaz’s goal being incorrectly ruled outCredit: Premier League
Postecoglou has jumped to the defence of VAR England

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Postecoglou has jumped to the defence of VAR EnglandCredit: getty

Audio between the match officials and VAR room was released to the public during the week after Liverpool requested full disclosure.

VAR England and his assistant Daniel Cook did not overrule the incorrect on-pitch decision that adjudged Diaz’s goal to be offside.

PGMOL admitted they made a mistake after the match and a report from The Telegraph claims that England won’t be on duty for anymore Liverpool games this season.

However, such a decision is one that Postecoglou would not agree with and he believes that the communication issue needs to be addressed instead.

Speaking ahead of Spurs’ trip to Luton, live on talkSPORT, he said: “I don’t know if that’s been decided. I’d be surprised if they have gone that way.

“It’s a significant error but it’s a human being that’s made that error. I don’t think that there’s anything that needs to go too far reaching.

“From my perspective, when I listened to that audio, saying ‘check complete’, someone obviously thought it was a good way of finalising things and it’s worked up until now.

“I would have thought the logical thing is to say ‘goal for Liverpool’ but I’m saying that with the ignorance of not knowing how it’s truly set up.

A report claims England may no longer officiate Liverpool games this season

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A report claims England may no longer officiate Liverpool games this seasonCredit: Rex

“When listening to that you probably think there’s better ways of communicating a clear decision in such a big situation.

“I hope that’s what they’re addressing, not the individual that made the mistake. I think that’s a dereliction of the game.

“That’s like me hanging out a player to dry just because he made a mistake. My role is to go in and help that player to improve not say ‘now you’re never playing again’.”

During the week, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said that a replay of the game would be ‘the right thing’.

However, he insisted that he is not angry at the officials despite the Reds losing in controversial circumstances.

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