The referees will review the decision not to send Jordan Pickford off the pitch for his horror tackle in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk had knee surgery at his annual summit

  • Jordan Pickford escaped punishment for his reckless behavior against Virgil van Dijk
  • Van Dijk will be absent for most of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament problem
  • Liverpool were furious that it was not punished by the referee on the field and VAR
  • The incident is being reviewed by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited

The controversial decision not to put Jordan Pickford on the red card during last week’s Merseyside derby is due to be reviewed at the next referees’ half-time summit.

Everton’s keeper Pickford escaped punishment for his reckless challenge against Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who will now miss most of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury as a result of the tackle.

Anfield Club feared the incident was not sanctioned by Michael Oliver, the referee on the field, but by referee David Coote, who oversaw the VAR for the game at Stockley Park.

The decision not to send Jordan Pickford off for his attack on Virgil van Dijk needs to be reviewed

The decision not to send Jordan Pickford off for his attack on Virgil van Dijk needs to be reviewed

Pickford escaped punishment but a mid-term referee summit will discuss the decision made

Pickford escaped punishment but a mid-term referee summit will discuss the decision made

And Sportsmail It is almost certain that the incident is one of several incidents that were examined by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the regulator for referees in English professional football, at an annual mid-season meeting.

Part of the discussion held via videoconference due to social distancing regulations focuses on analyzing certain decisions made during the season, particularly those that have created confusion.

Indeed, last weekend’s controversial decision at Goodison Park will most likely be chosen as an example of the meeting slated for early next year.

Michael Oliver was the referee on the field for the Merseyside derby

David Coote was the VAR officer who wasn't looking for a possible red card

Liverpool raged, the incident was not punished by Michael Oliver (left) and David Coote

Sportsmail On Tuesday, Coote announced that he hadn’t looked for a possible Pickford red card after forgetting the rules allowing him to review the incident despite an offside under construction.

The PGMOL firmly believe their official hasn’t forgotten the rules, but there seemed to be clear confirmation that Coote made a mistake after being refereed and VAR for the round of Premier League games this weekend -Service had been excluded.

Coote will instead be the fourth official for West Ham against Manchester City on Saturday and will receive a championship game next week.

Van Dijk will now be out most of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury

Van Dijk will now be out most of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury

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