PGMOL release VAR audio for disallowed Luis Diaz goal vs Tottenham

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2023 07:31 BST
  • 4 min read
Luis Diaz, Liverpool
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The PGMOL have released the VAR audio for Luis Diaz's disallowed goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

The Colombian's goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside by the on-field referees and despite VAR determining that he was onside, the goal did not stand.

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The PGMOL have faced severe backlash in the aftermath of the game and have now released the VAR audio for the public to hear.

The full VAR audio clip provided by the PGMOL can be found by visiting this link.

What have the PGMOL said?

The audio has been accompanied by the following statement: "PGMOL can confirm that we have carried out a review into the circumstances which led to the Luis Diaz goal being incorrectly disallowed for offside in the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC.

"We recognise standards fell short of expectations and acknowledged the error to Liverpool immediately after the conclusion of the fixture.

"A detailed report, including the key learnings and immediate actions taken, alongside the audio between the on-field officials and VAR team has been submitted to the Premier League, who have shared it with Liverpool FC and subsequently all other Premier League Clubs.

"The review of the on-field and VAR decision-making processes and application of the decision-making principles has identified the following key learnings to mitigate against the risk of a future error:

- Guidance to Video Match Officials has always emphasised the need for efficiency, but never at the expense of accuracy. This principle will be clearly reiterated

- A new VAR Communication Protocol will be developed to enhance the clarity of communication between the referee and the VAR team in relation to on-field decisions

- As an additional step to the process, the VAR will confirm the outcome of the VAR check process with the AVAR before confirming the final decision to the on-field officials

"PGMOL are committed to enhancing VAR performance through a new training programme which started this season and focuses on process and best practice for all VARs, AVARs and Replay Operators in their specific roles. While we have a number of FIFA-recognised VARs, work is ongoing to create a dedicated pool of VAR specialists.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool
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"The VAR and AVAR in question were removed from their remaining fixtures in Match Round 7 in the Premier League and have not been included in the appointments for Match Round 8 this weekend.

"PGMOL and The FA have also agreed to review the policy to allow match officials to officiate matches outside of FIFA or UEFA appointments."

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