Many Liverpool fans were pleased to hear that referee David Coote was removed from VAR duties for the Reds’ Premier League game against Leicester City this weekend.
Coote was the man in charge of VAR during the 2-2 draw against Everton last month, where Jordan Pickford escaped punishment after a high tackle on Virgil van Dijk, leaving him needing surgery on a serious knee injury.
After Liverpool contacted the Premier League to question the failure in scrutinising Pickford, no further action was taken as it was not deemed to be a red card offence at the time (via BBC Sport).
With little explanation, the Premier League themselves announced that there was a change to the officials’ line-up for Matchweek Nine, which will now see Andre Marriner make decisions on the proceedings at Anfield.
Were the Premier League right to remove David Coote from the Leicester game?
With this in mind, supporters were delighted with the news, with the injustice of Van Dijk’s injury still looming like a dark cloud over their heads.
Fans hail decision to drop Coote
A win for the people!
— Jonathan Morley (@jkmlfc) November 18, 2020
— โรซี่แม่เรียกกินข้าวrest (@AVO_ROSIE) November 18, 2020
— (@Ftbl_H_) November 18, 2020
First good news in 2 months…
— Drew Hunt (@huntdrew11) November 18, 2020
Finally, Removed and Replaced https://t.co/xkJZCLCdnW
— Renaldi Hergatama (@Rey_LFC8) November 19, 2020
— Niall Kelleher (@123anfield) November 18, 2020
Soooo, the VAR will actually know the rules!! That’s a genuine relief. https://t.co/RqIrcMQ06P
— Ian (@Ian_D7) November 18, 2020
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