There has been plenty of discussion surrounding the decision to rule out Liverpool‘s late winner against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, and former referee Keith Hackett is the latest person to voice his opinion.
Hackett couldn’t hack it
The Merseyside derby proved to be one of the more exciting watches in recent years after the previous three encounters at the Toffees’ home ended in 0-0 draws.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got the goals for the visitors either side of half time, while Everton’s Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly hit back on both occasions.
But there were two moments of the game that enraged the Kop faithful. Firstly, Jordan Pickford aggressively tackled Virgil van Dijk in the penalty area during the first period, which went unpunished, and Jordan Henderson’s late strike in the dying embers of the game was chalked off for offside.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) October 17, 2020
The Athletic journalist James Pearce posted an image of the lines that were drawn by the VAR official, which showed that Sadio Mane was quite possibly played onside by the Everton backline.
Speaking to Caught Offside (pun not intended), ex-Premier League referee Hackett opened up about the incident and raised an intriguing view about the pitchside cameras.
“It’s not offside for me,” he said. “The hand/arm up to the underside of the armpit is not a part of the body that can score. My view is that this goal should not have been ruled out.”
“The cameras have speeds of up to 50 frames per second, so they do not have the level of accuracy to make this judgement. It’s a poor decision.”
Catalogue of errors
Hackett is spot on when it comes to trusting the cameras to succeed with such tight margins, as it seems rather ridiculous to spend several minutes drawing lines on a screen which are thicker than the margins involved.
The fact that both Van Dijk and Thiago picked up injuries during the game will be a huge concern for fans as well and they will not be impressed with the fact that Richarlison was the only man sent off during the encounter.
This is what the Merseyside derby brings and there is always the risk of players picking up knocks, but assessments are needed in the way that the FA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) decide tight offside decisions.
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