Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher questioned the authenticity of VAR after a controversy-filled Liverpool vs. Tottenham match on Saturday. The Reds went down to nine men as Diogo Jota got a red card in the 69th minute. Previously Curtis Jones received a red card for tackling Bissouma in the 26th minute. Jamie couldn’t tolerate the referee giving such a disadvantage to his former club by poor judgments.
After an entertaining start for Liverpool, referee Simon Hooper showed a yellow card to Curtis Jones for a challenge on Yves Bissouma. But he was advised to rewatch the incident and later Simon replaced the yellow card with a red one. Spurs got a huge advantage in the game only in the 26th minute.
Gary Neville criticized the VAR during his commentary and opined that it was never a red card as Jones’ foot slipped over the top of the ball. Gary also added the VAR showed the referee the end motion which couldn’t reflect what actually happened.
Gary said that the referee should also consider the full motion at full speed in which the two players collided. Bissouma and Jones both are flying while going for the ball and their balance was minimal. If you only look at the end result, it seems red card but that was unfair to Curtis as his intention was not to hurt Bissouma. According to Gary, A yellow card would have been fine with the ambiguity that exists on something like that.
Moments later Luis Diaz’s goal was disallowed by the referee due to offside. The initial images of Diaz while receiving the ball made it an extremely tight offside call. At half-time, Gary said he was surprised by the offside call as it didn’t look like offside. Gary added he trusted the accuracy of the technology but in this case, he didn’t agree with the decision.
The decision to rule out the goal exasperated former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher as well. Carragher tweeted during the match: “When it takes this long for an answer from @FA_PGMOL over a contentious decision you know there’s been a f**k up!”
Liverpool fans were heated up when Portuguese star Diogo Jota joined the red-card club with Curtis Jones. Jota arrived as a substitution for Cody Gakpo in the 45th minute and received two yellow cards only in a span of 24 minutes. With nine men, Liverpool played and defended like brave-heart but in the 90+6’ Joel Matip scored an own goal unfortunately and Ange Postecoglou’s boys won the match by 2-1 scoreline.