Premier League referee Martin Atkinson has had an absolute shocker as Liverpool took on Aston Villa.
Bobby Firmino thought he had pulled the Reds level with the hosts, half an hour into the game, but then Jon Moss ruled the goal out.
VAR (Atkinson) was consulted after the ruling, but it was decided that the Brazilian was offside – the only problem is that he wasn’t!
Bobby’s arm was in an offside position, but the offside rule only applies to parts of the body that you can use to score a goal – and using an arm is obviously hand ball!
Tyrone Mings’ knee is clearly keeping the forward on side, in my opinion anyway. Take a look at the incident below:
— The Kopite (@TheKopiteOFF) November 2, 2019
Thing is, VAR is meant to remedy these situations – referees should be able to go to officials and get a considered response, but Atkinson got it all wrong.
Villa had taken the lead against the Reds with an early goal through Mahmoud Hassan, also known as Trezeguet, after a mix up in the Reds’ defence.
VAR was consulted for their goal, and it was given, but fans in the stadium sang “f*ck VAR” shortly after both decisions in protest.
Take a look at how supporters on social media reacted to Bobby’s goal being ruled out:
VAR is a disgrace, absolute joke! I expected it as Martin Atkinson is the VAR referee. He hates Liverpool because of a chapter in Gerrard's autobiography but he still is allowed to referee LFC games 🤬
What do you think? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BFIRE1czMU
— TomFIFAHeaven 🏆🏆 (@TomLFCHeaven) November 2, 2019
Liverpool just had this goal disallowed by the VAR for offside.
Thought VAR was supposed to improve the officiating in the Premier League! 😂 pic.twitter.com/tu48VHbNLE
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) November 2, 2019
More horrendous VAR bullshit
Remember these graphics are accurate to 30cm pic.twitter.com/s5zESeC7eW
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) November 2, 2019
How can someone look at this and think he’s offside?! https://t.co/0YI4OUxmoo
— Attack of the Kop (@AttackoftheKop) November 2, 2019
VAR (Martin Atkinson) has just said Firmino was offside for his goal. Absolute farce. pic.twitter.com/1SLC97KlB6
— Anfield Online (@anfieldonline) November 2, 2019
Turns out Martin Atkinson is in charge of the VAR for the game.
Now this makes sense: pic.twitter.com/JkmBCIy66S
— ً (@AnfieldRd__) November 2, 2019
Martin Atkinson is the VAR official today just in case you were wondering why that firmino goal was ruled offside
— BOBBY FIRMINO ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@NoLookBobby9) November 2, 2019
John Moss as referee. Martin Atkinson as VAR referee. What could have gone wrong? #LFC
— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) November 2, 2019