Referee chiefs explain why Marcus Rashford goal for Man Utd vs Liverpool was not ruled out | Football | Sport


The reasoning behind allowing Manchester United‘s goal against Liverpool to stand has been explained.

Marcus Rashford put United ahead at Old Trafford on Sunday though it came after Victor Lindelof had challenged Divock Origi further up the pitch.

Some saw the Swede’s tackle as a foul though referee Martin Atkinson allowed play to continue.

VAR did have a look at the incident but the goal stood with Liverpool eventually finding a late equaliser to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

And now the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) has explained why Rashford’s goal was not overturned by VAR.

“Firstly, the on-field referee didn’t think it was a foul and VAR checked/decided that it wasn’t a clear and obvious error to not award the foul,” the PGMOL told Sky Sports.

“Secondly, VAR isn’t re-refereeing matches – there is contact but VAR was comfortable it wasn’t enough to disallow the goal.”

It was a weekend full of VAR controversy with Burnley’s clash with Leicester and Watford’s trip to Tottenham both involving incidents that the cameras were involved.

And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes the way the system is used in the Premier League could do with changing after seeing his side concede.

He said: “They [Manchester United] were better than us and defended well, but in the end they scored a goal that shows all the problems with VAR.

“Mr Atkinson let the game run on because that is the protocol of VAR, and VAR shows there was contact and it was a foul.

“We then scored a goal that was disallowed. Pretty much everything went against us today, but we still didn’t lose. We deserved the point, 100 per cent.”

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