EbeneInfo – GB – Liverpool fans react to David Coote’s involvement in VAR penalty controversy

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David Coote canceled what appeared to be a clear penalty for West Brom before awarding Manchester United a minute later

Liverpool fans were stunned after David Coote was involved in another controversial VAR decision in Manchester United’s game against West Brom

The Baggies received a penalty after Bruno Fernandes caught Conor Gallagher in the box shortly after half-time, only for referee Coote to be sent to screen to review the incident

After reviewing the incident, Coote overturned his decision and could be heard saying ‘played the ball’

Still, it was a decision that raised many questions, with Fernandes clearly catching up with Gallagher as he played the ball

As Reds fans are well aware, this wasn’t the first time Coote has been involved in a controversial VAR decision this season

The referee was on VAR duty for the Liverpool derby in Merseyside with Everton, when he failed to punish Jordan Pickford for a tackle that left Virgil van Dijk with a serious knee injury

The move sparked a lot of controversy at the time and saw Coote sacked as VAR

He was set to return to the role this weekend for Liverpool’s game against Leicester – only to have him referee the game at Old Trafford instead

Another added: « The irony of a VAR appeal telling David Coote to overturn a decision at Old Trafford has not been lost on Liverpool fans »

It’s not just Reds fans surprised by Coote’s decision, even former Premier League referee Peter Walton criticizing the BT Sport decision

As Coote walked over to the monitor, Walton confidently predicted the referee would stick with his original decision

« VAR looked at it and thought it wasn’t, but is that a clear and obvious mistake in awarding the penalty?

« From my personal point of view I think it was a fault and I don’t think it will be canceled »

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After Coote chose to overturn the decision, Walton expressed shock at the situation, arguing that it was a misuse of the VAR

« I am very surprised, I am very surprised that VAR even asked him to seek a second opinion », he says

« I don’t think this is a clear and obvious mistake on the part of the referee and knowing that VAR is there to make sure that clear and obvious mistakes are detected, not to get a particular decision correct

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Source: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/david-coote-liverpool-var-referee-19323833

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