Liverpool were denied a legitimate goal during their Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery has rejected the idea Liverpool’s Premier League match with Tottenham Hotspur should be replayed as he called for the huge mistake made to be “accepted”.
The Reds were on the receiving end of a bizarre decision during Saturday’s defeat in the capital, seeing Luis Diaz’s first-half goal ruled out for offside. A VAR check for this finish took place, resulting in the goal not standing due to major miscommunication among the match officials.
Jurgen Klopp yesterday called for the game to be repeated, in the interests of fairness and sporting integrity, though not everyone has agreed with this view of the former Borussia Dortmund coach.
“Now I can accept some mistakes in VAR. They are only a few… small mistakes. Of course for Liverpool it was a big mistake in the last match against Tottenham but we have to accept because before, without VAR, there were more and more and more.
“I listened to the conversation between the referees, because it’s popular, and they were concerned about their mistake but they couldn’t react they had started playing again. It’s a mistake. I accept it. Of course, for Liverpool it is more difficult.
“For Jurgen too it’s more difficult but I accept it. I know before VAR came in there were more mistakes than now. But you have to accept it like before if there is a mistake. So no, no (to a replay) You have to accept it like before, when we were without VAR.”
Aston Villa were of course involved in a incident of a similar nature to the Diaz debacle during the 2019/20 campaign, Sheffield United seeing a goal fail to count despite crossing the line as a result of the goal-line technology system failing to operate as usual. The match ended 0-0, with the Blades denied a win they were entitled to.