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Jim Beglin calls for Jordan Pickford to be punished for Van Dijk lunge

Liverpool have been extremely unlucky his weekend. The Reds went into the Merseyside Derby with a point to prove and they proved it: they are still the team to beat. The Ev needed extensive help from the referees to rescue a draw at home. Despite all of the controversies the game will be most remembered for one horror tackle. Jim Beglin has called for Jordan Pickford to be punished for his lunge at Virgil van Dijk.

Jim Beglin has called for Jordan Pickford to be punished for his lunge at Virgil van Dijk (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Referees rob Reds

Liverpool were battered before the international break, they headed into the Merseyside Derby knowing they had to prove they were still the team to beat.

The Reds proved so emphatically, playing some scintillating football throughout the game. However, two refereeing decisions changed the game.

The referee neglected to send the Everton keeper off for a lunge at Virgil van Dijk which has ruled the Dutchman out for the season.

Later on Sadio Mane was adjudged offside the Reds’ winner despite pictures showing that he looked clearly onside.

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Jim Beglin wants Pickford punished

Respected commentator Jim Beglin has called for Jordan Pickford to be punished for his lunge at Virgil van Dijk.

 

At the time the Everton keeper escaped reprimand, much to the bewilderment of fans and pundits alike.

Just why he was allowed to get away with such an horrendous tackle is beyond us.

BT Sport broadcaster Jim Beglin believes that the league should be able to retrospectively punish Pickford for the violent challenge. A punishment would surely be a three game ban for violent conduct.

What RTK has to say

Apparently there is no chance of the keeper being punished. I’m pretty sure the law is that the referees made their decision and as such the league cannot retroactively overrule it, unless there was something no referee saw.

However, all of the officials will be deemed to have seen the incident and given their own ruling on it.

It is a disgrace that the shot stopper will get away with his horror leap at the defender, it is a potential career ender and should be punished accordingly.

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