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Mikel Arteta Supports Liverpool in Tottenham VAR Row
- Mikel Arteta has expressed his sympathy for Liverpool following the weekend VAR drama
- The Reds were unfairly denied a goal during the trip to Tottenham Hotspur
- Spurs won the tie 2-1, ,with Joel Matip scoring an own goal at the death
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has shown his support for Liverpool i their ongoing VAR row in the wake of their Saturday Premier League cracker against Tottenham Hotspur.
The match was marred with controversial refereeing decisions that denied Liverpool a fair chance against Tottenham.
The Reds thought they had taken the lead in the first half of the tie via Luis Diaz, only for the goal to be incorrectly disallowed for an offside.
According to Metro UK, VAR Darren England is believed to have mistakenly thought that the goal had been awarded by the on-field team so quickly said ‘check complete’ to confirm that Diaz was onside.
However, the on-field team is said to have taken that to mean that their original call of offside was correct.
The refereeing decision sparked anger and frustration from several quarters, with Liverpool demanding a probe into the incident.
Arteta backs Liverpool
Arteta has now become the latest high-profile Premier League personality to wade into the VAR row.
The Spaniard believes VAR is still not at the level required and sympathises with Liverpool for the unfair refereeing decision.
"It’s not easy for them. It’s not easy for any club or any manager because that really affects part of the season or a result and that is a dangerous thing to do," The Mirror quoted Arteta saying.
"For sure, you know at the end you want to get what you deserve," he added when asked if he sympathisers with Liverpool over the decision.
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Sports Brief also previously reported on Mohamed Salah’s reaction to the 'injustice' Liverpool suffered as he liked his first tweet in six years.
On X (formerly Twitter), he was not afraid of ruffling feathers as he 'liked' a tweet that suggested the decision of the VAR official was a poor one.