The Premier League have released audio conversations between Video Assistant Referee officials laying bare the panic that set in after Luis Diaz’s goal was wrongly disallowed during Liverpool’s defeat at Tottenham.
Var Darren England is heard saying “oh f---” seconds after play restarted, having mistakenly thought Diaz’s goal had been given by the on-field officials.
England checked for offside thinking the goal had been given, and said check complete after replays showed Diaz was clearly onside. On-pitch referee Simon Hooper took that as his cue to resume play with a Spurs free-kick.
England then repeats that he “cannot do anything” once play was restarted as colleagues urge that the game be paused.
Liverpool were sent the audio by the Premier League on Tuesday.
🚨🚨| BREAKING: Here’s the full VAR audio for Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal against Tottenham Hotspur. pic.twitter.com/KDaq4FAT3f
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