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Mark Clattenburg stole the show in 2007 with a highly controversial refereeing display in a Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park and now the former Consett official has had his say in the last eventful edition of the match.

“I once missed a Dirk Kuyt foul on Phil Neville in a Merseyside derby. I produced a yellow but if I could have seen it again – on a field side monitor – I would have improved it to red.

“At Goodison, referee Michael Oliver should have been told to watch his instructor by VAR David Coote.

“If Oliver had done that I’m sure he would have fired Jordan Pickford for his challenge over Virgil van Dijk.

“VAR looked at the incident and decided it was not a red card. I do not agree.

“I also heard that Pickford couldn’t be fired because Van Dijk was offside – garbage. Oliver hadn’t whistled by the time Pickford rushed in, so he could still have been punished.

“VAR later confirming that Van Dijk was offside doesn’t negate a red.

“In the end, Coote should have sent Oliver to see his instructor. Since Van Dijk was injured, the referee had ample time to review the incident.

“Don’t blame VAR – blame the law. Sadio Mane was ruled offside for Jordan Henderson’s goal and the Liverpool captain complained about the camera angle shown on TV.

“He suggested that officials ‘fold the lines’ to make an offside. At the risk of ruining a good conspiracy, I’m afraid it won’t!

“It’s like watching a horse race in your living room – you might think your horse won, then the photo shows you lost.

“We see a certain angle on TV and it can make you think someone is okay with it.

“But the technology used by VAR is designed to draw parallel lines on the ground. It triangulates an image which, rest assured, is not distorted.

“After that, it’s about finding the farthest points from the players ahead. Mane was his sleeve – under the new rules – and that was correctly measured against one foot of Everton. So the Liverpool forward was indeed offside, but things are not going well. with me.

“Our great game is all about goals and we don’t want to see which ones are sidelined by a millimeter here and there. It is the law that needs to be reviewed, rather than the application of the VAR. “


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