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Jordan Pickford challenge on Virgil van Dijk: PGMOL explains why Everton goalkeeper escaped red card for SHOCKING tackle which injured Liverpool defender in Merseyside derby

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Saturday’s Merseyside derby was a dramatic affair, but despite four goals and a potential Liverpool winner ruled out by VAR, all the post-match discussion has been about Jordan Pickford’s challenge on Virgil van Dijk.

It was a breathtaking clash at Goodison Park, which ended 2-2 after a late equaliser from in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin.



A tackle is subjective because, is it serious foul play?



“We talk about dangerous tackles and two-footing and lunging in and being reckless – Jordan Pickford’s was everything as bad as it could be.

The England and Toffees No.1 was lucky to escape a red card after scything Van Dijk down in the box early on, clattering into his knee with a reckless challenge.

That’s people’s choice and that’s where the dilemma was, they didn’t feel it was serious foul play so it defaults back to the offside.” That mattered little to Van Dijk, though, as Pickford’s tackle spelled the end of his Merseyside derby.

But PGMOL then confirmed that the VAR had failed to check whether it was a red card due to the analysis of the offside and, as it was a SUBJECTIVE decision, they ruled Pickford had made a genuine attempt to play the ball.
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