VAR ‘forgot rules’ in Jordan Pickford mistake as derby controversy continues

The video assistant referee in charge of Saturday's Merseyside derby reportedly forgot he could check for a red card when he reviewed Jordan Pickford's horror foul on Virgil van Dijk.

David Coote failed to look at whether Pickford should have been dismissed for the challenge after reviewing the video evidence and judging that Liverpool ace Van Dijk was offside in the build-up to the incident.

The Reds colossus now faces a battle to play again this season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury as a result of the challenge during Saturday's 2-2 draw.

Liverpool are fuming that the Everton keeper's foul went unpunished, with Van Dijk now set to undergo knee surgery in what is a huge blow to his side's hopes of defending their Premier League title.

And according to a report from the Daily Mail, Coote didn't check for a red-card offence because he thought the offside ruling against Van Dijk nullified what happened afterwards.

The publication says senior Anfield sources believe the Premier League is only interested in briefing its own version of events as Liverpool seek clarification of what happened.

The report claims Liverpool insiders have said they were told on Saturday that Coote was distracted by the offside check and did not asses whether Pickford should have been sent off.

It says Mike Riley – boss of the Professional Game Match Officials Board – then spoke with Liverpool the following day, claiming that the foul had been looked at and was deemed not to warrant a red card.

There was more VAR controversy to come at Goodison as Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson had a late effort ruled out because Sadio Mane was judged to be offside – despite replays showing he was level.

The PGMOL says the camera technology available to them operates at 50 frames per second, meaning a picture is taken every 0.02 seconds.

This is not advanced enough to determine the exact moment a through-ball is played – meaning clubs have to accept a margin of error.

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