This weekend, Brighton midfielder Pascal Groß was at the centre of a controversy regarding a match incident that. This, as per IFAB rules, should have resulted in a sending-off. But nothing such happened and hence pundits think that PGMOL owes another apology to Liverpool for this latest VAR mishap.
The incident in question is a clear scenario in violation of the Laws of the Game as stipulated by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). However, this raises questions about the decision-making process of referees and the mishap of VAR in the Premier League.
Sky Sports confirming that according to the letter of the law, Pascal Gross should have received a red card as there was no attempt to play the ball pic.
Latest VAR mishap against Liverpool:
According to the IFAB rule:
“Where a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offender is cautioned if the offence was an attempt to play the ball or a challenge for the ball.
“In all other circumstances (e.g. holding, pulling, pushing, no possibility to play the ball etc.), the offending player must be sent off.”
Don’t want to stir up another refereeing controversy but I can’t understand why Pascal Gross wasn’t sent off for the foul that led to the penalty. The double jeopardy rule only counts in situations where the defender has made a genuine attempt to play the ball. He didn’t!— David Lynch
Groß’ foul on Dominik Szoboszlai was a clear instance. The VAR also viewed that he denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by dragging him to the ground. It happened when the Hungarian was about to play the ball in front of the goalkeeper.
Liverpool, the repeated victims of latest VAR mishap:
This is not the first time the PGMOL has been at the center of a controversy related to Liverpool.
The VAR scandal, where Liverpool didn’t get a goal when Luis Diaz scored against Spurs. However, this resulted in a massive controversy adding to an increasing narrative that some official decisions are unfairly biased ones.
Earlier, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk saw a red card for a foul on Alexander Isak outside the box. However, Van Dijk was making an attempt to win the ball there.
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