Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville, has delivered a scathing critique of Liverpool’s reaction to the Luis Diaz goal controversy, describing their statement as containing “dangerous phrases” while being “vague” and “aggressive.”
Liverpool released a strongly-worded statement on Sunday night following the acknowledgment by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) that Diaz’s goal against Spurs was incorrectly disallowed for offside. PGMOL admitted to a “significant” human error, stating, “This was a clear and obvious factual error and should have resulted in the goal being awarded through VAR intervention.”
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, expressed his frustration in a post-match interview, citing “crazy decisions” and “unfair circumstances.” The club, in their statement, found PGMOL’s explanation “unacceptable” and declared their intent to explore a “range of options available.”
Reacting to Liverpool’s statement, Gary Neville, on his platform X, criticized the use of “dangerous phrases” and perceived vagueness and aggression. He remarked that Klopp handled the situation well after the game, with football fans empathizing and recognizing the error. However, he labeled Liverpool’s statement a mistake, emphasizing that terms like “exploring all options” and “sporting integrity” are problematic.
Neville stated on X: “Sorry we f@@@@d up was enough!! I said this last night. Sorry should be respected and not undervalued. This is a snap reaction that can always be wrong but I feel strongly about it.”
Liverpool’s statement, in part, read: “We fully accept the pressures that match officials work under but these pressures are supposed to be alleviated, not exacerbated, by the existence and implementation of VAR. It is therefore unsatisfactory that sufficient time was not afforded to allow the correct decision to be made and that there was no subsequent intervention.”
The club emphasized the need for transparency and a thorough review, asserting the importance of learning from the situation to make improvements. They also stated their intention to explore various options for escalation and resolution.
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