Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher shared his thoughts on the VAR controversy that erupted during the Premier League clash between Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the weekend.
Gallagher expressed his confusion regarding Liverpool’s strong statement addressing the VAR decision that went against them, particularly in relation to the goal scored by Luis Diaz. Gallagher questioned the necessity of such a robust response from the Liverpool camp.
The former Premier League referee seemed perplexed and remarked, “I don’t understand what it means, to be honest, sorry. I seriously don’t. It was a mistake. Referees make mistakes all the time. It was a mistake. It’s a very, very bad mistake, no doubt about that, but it’s a mistake. It was not done deliberate.”
Gallagher’s comments shed light on the ongoing debate surrounding the use of VAR in football matches, highlighting the challenging decisions that referees face and the potential consequences of their judgments. Despite the controversy, Gallagher’s perspective serves as a reminder that referees are human and subject to errors, no matter how significant or game-changing they may be.