VAR messes up again as Fernandez’s elbow on Jota was a blatant red card, says ex-ref

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Former referee Keith Hackett has questioned the decision not to award Federico Fernandez a red card for elbowing Diogo Jota in the face during Liverpool’s 1-1 stalemate with Newcastle United at the weekend.

The incident was revied by VAR, however, those at Stockley Park did not advise referee Andre Marriner to hand the Argentine his marching orders for the offence.

“He’s not using his hand and arm for elevation. It’s straight in the face of an opponent, it’s a red card,” the 76-year-old told Football Insider“I don’t know how they can put that into reckless and give a yellow card.”

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It’s difficult, and perhaps somewhat pointless, to speculate on how the result might have altered had Steve Bruce’s men (rightly) gone down to 10 men, given our rather lacklustre showing in the second-half.

Regardless, it’s frustrating that once again VAR failed to award an appropriate punishment for what appeared to be an intentional and excessive use of force to all but the officials.

With Fabian Balbuena having been sent off for an accidental kick on Ben Chilwell after clearing the ball – in an incident that was slowed down to the point of adding intention – it’s remarkable how those wielding the technology remain remarkably inept even with its help.

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  1. It was nearly as obvious as Trents push on Wilson that went unnoticed while they checked for a handball that couldn’t be avoided. they were lucky to get a draw with Newcastle yet think it’s a devine right to compete in a euro super league

  2. VAR this season first five games for Liverpool cost them points . Turn the decisions in the first five games , any other teams in those situations had different outcomes .

    VAR makes new rules for every Liverpool game

    The only certain viewpoint of VAR is to make any decision that takes points away from Liverpool

    It just like the whole premier league era Liverpool lost more points as per the views of ex referees every season since the premier league started . No different with VAR .

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