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17th Oct 2023

Spurs v Liverpool VAR official confirmed to return in game this weekend

Callum Boyle

Spurs v Liverpool VAR official

The official was removed from the next round of fixtures after Spurs vs Liverpool

Premier League official Darren England will return to officiating this weekend in his first game since the controversial error during Spurs vs Liverpool.

England was on VAR duty for the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where he incorrectly ruled out Luis Diaz’s opening goal for being offside, despite replays showing he was clearly being played onside.

Both England and his assistant Dan Cook were removed from their following fixtures as a result of the backlash however the league have confirmed that the duo will return.

England has been named as the fourth official for Brentford’s game against Burnley while Cook has been named as an assistant to Michael Oliver for Sheffield United vs Manchester United.

PGMOL chief Howard Webb has since spoken about the incident since the audio of the VAR blunder was released and Webb insists that the protocol was followed.

“They considered whether they could intervene to stop the game but they recognised that the laws of the game, set by FIFA and the IFAB, doesn’t allow that,” he said.

“There’s obviously a process in place that sits in the laws of the game about how we use VAR to make sure it is delivered consistently throughout every league in the world. And it doesn’t allow you to go back in those circumstances. As such they decided not to intervene.”

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