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30-12-2019 | 22:13 Football

Ex-Premier League referee gives his VERDICT on Mane and Neto goals

Former-Premier League referee Dermoth Gallagher has given his verdict on two controversial episodes happened during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton at Anfield Road.  Firstly, Anthony Taylor disallowed Sadio Mane’s goal as he gave Wolves free-kick for handball from Lallana. VAR review showed that Lallana assisted with his shoulder and referee gave Reds the goal, while Wolverhampton players appealed for handball from Virgil van Dijk seconds before the goal.  Secondly, VAR review noticed a very tiny offside for Wolves defender Jonny who then assisted his teammate Pedro Neto. The goal has eventually been disallowed, which caused a lot of controversies after the game.  Here is what Gallagher has written on Sky Sports on those two incidents.  Mane goal: “It's a great example of VAR because Taylor clearly sees that Van Dijk does not handle the ball and he has the best view. With Lallana, what Taylor does cleverly allows play to go on and the move to finish because by doing that, VAR can check the goal and they gave it. Last season, that would have been given as handball. "The consideration was had the player handled the ball in? Mane didn't. Has it been handled to him? Lallana was a no too. That's the two players who have influenced the move, the scorer or the player who assisted the move so Van Dijk is too far back.” Wolves disallowed goal: “With offside and VAR, there is zero tolerance. The start point is if any point of his body that can score is offside. I can assure you that at Stockley Park, their lines are absolutely precise and if they say he's offside, then he's offside.”
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