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EPL: New VAR guidelines introduced following Tottenham vs Liverpool scandal

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The Premier League has introduced new video assistant referee (VAR) guidelines.

They will be introduced immediately following Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal as Liverpool lost 2-1 at Tottenham.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) later admitted that a “significant human error” had taken place.

Darren England, who was on VAR duties for the game, mistakenly thought that the goal had been awarded by the on-field team so quickly said “check complete” to confirm that Diaz was onside.

But the on-field team took that to mean that their original call of offside had been correct and play restarted, prompting a massive furore afterwards.

PGMOL has now noted that the fresh guidance will “enhance the clarity of communication between the referee and the VAR team in relation to on-field decisions”.

VARs will now confirm the outcome of the checking process with the assistant VAR before confirming the final decision to the on-field officials, to prevent a repeat of what happened with Diaz.