Referees Darren England and Dan Cook stepped aside amidst the ongoing VAR controversy
After Luis Diaz's goal at Tottenham was incorrectly disallowed due to offside, the PGMOL acknowledged that VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook did not intervene. Both have been removed from the latest round of Premier League matches as criticism of the official referees' body grows.
Amid the continued fallout from last weekend's VAR debacle, referees Darren England and Dan Cook have been standing down for another round of Premier League fixtures.
Criticism of the body of referees After a string of contentious calls, including one in which Liverpool was denied a legitimate goal in their loss to Tottenham, PGMOL has only gotten worse.
officials for VAR After VAR incorrectly disallowed Luis Diaz's goal on Saturday, which gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead, England and Cook were originally substituted for two games, but that has now been extended to a new round of fixtures.
This Saturday when Everton hosts Bournemouth, Simon Hooper, who served as the fourth official for the Fulham match on Monday and as the on-field referee for the Tottenham-Liverpool match, will serve as the VAR official.
Thomas Bramall will officiate England's away match against Leicester in the Championship on Wednesday night in lieu of Preston.
Liverpool's response to the VAR error was to claim that "sporting integrity has been undermined" and to demand the release of the audio of the communication between Hooper and England over the event, which has not yet occurred.
Additionally, the Merseyside club has stated that they will "explore the full range of options available" to find a workable solution.
The decision not to give Wolves a late penalty during their loss at Manchester United when Andre Onana collided with Sasa Kalajdzic prompted PGMOL to issue their second apology to Liverpool this season.
After several widely publicized mistakes during the previous season, Carragher commented, "I don't think the feeling about VAR has been lower." It is at a breaking point.
This decision is not the only one made in light of other instances this season, such as the one involving Wolves and Manchester United on Monday Night Football.
"I don't want to heap criticism on Howard Webb or the officials; I know they must be quite upset. Conspiracy theories don't appeal to me because nobody stands to gain from them.
All of us have erred. However, this is an extremely grave and unprecedented error."