Referee confirms Pickford should have been sent off for horror tackle on van Dijk

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Jordan Pickford has come under a lot of heat since the Merseyside Derby, clattering Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk at Goodison Park and getting away with it.

The Dutchman was taken off with less than ten minutes on the clock, with Joe Gomez coming on to replace his seemingly injured team-mate.

The true extent of Virgil’s fitness is yet to be realised, but it’s expected there will be an update at some point over the weekend on the defender.

Just prior to the horror challenge from Pickford, the match officials called for offside – with VAR reaffirming the decision, but the goalkeeper went unpunished.

Speaking to the BT Sport commentary team, the in-house referee said that Everton’s No.1 should have been shown a red card and the offside call is irrelevant.

Take a look at Jim Boardman’s tweet below:

MORE: VAR didn’t even check Pickford’s challenge on van Dijk which forced LFC defender off with injury

You can watch a video of the incident here, and come to your own conclusions – but we think it’s a disgrace and can’t believe Pickford was somehow allowed to stay on the pitch.

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