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Premier League appear to backtrack on VAR for Liverpool v Leicester

The Premier League appear to have gone back on their VAR decision for Liverpool v Leicester. It was a controversial one.

We wrote this week on the Premier League’s VAR choice for Liverpool v Leicester. It was a confusing one.

They initially listed David Coote as the man behind the camera. Now, that was quite the decision. Coote was the VAR who ‘missed’ Jordan Pickford’s ‘tackle’ on Virgil van Dijk.

We don’t believe he missed it, of course. It appears he just focused on the offside and blanked on the assault in the pressure of the moment.

But we really didn’t like that he was back on Liverpool VAR duty barely a month later. That, to us, did no one any favours.

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There’s the accountability question, first and foremost, but it didn’t seem fair to Coote, either. He’d face incredible scrutiny all game and would need to be perfect or else deal with backlash.

Fortunately, it seems the Premier League have changed their mind. Their list of match officials for Matchweek nine now names Andre Marriner as the VAR at Anfield.

 

There’s obviously a history with Marriner as VAR, too, though. Liverpool seem to have a history with every VAR, in truth, with ESPN finding the Reds have faced more negative decisions than anyone.

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Marriner was the VAR against Sheffield United and ruled that a free-kick for the Blades should instead be a penalty. Many disputed that – it didn’t even look like a foul and appeared the be outside the box.

Still, that one didn’t result in someone being unpunished for a season-ending foul on our best player, so we’ll take this change of VAR as a small win.

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