After a weekend gaffe, errant VAR official John Brooks was fired from the Liverpool vs. Everton and the Arsenal vs. Man City matches.
After his shocking wrong line mistake at Crystal Palace, BLUNDER VAR John Brooks was FIRED by officials’ chief Howard Webb.
For tonight’s Merseyside derby and Wednesday’s top-of-the-Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal, Brooks was scheduled to perform VAR duties.
However, Webb reacted right away after Brooks incorrectly overturned Brighton’s Pervis Estupinan’s first-half goal at Selhurst Park.
To determine whether the South American was offside, Brooks had James Tomkins draw the line.
However, he MISSED Marc Guehi, who was standing BEHIND Tomkins and would have supported Estupinan.
Webb decided that Brooks should be held accountable for his mistakes and has called a mandatory “emergency” meeting with all PGMOL officials for tomorrow.
It follows an apology to Arsenal for Lee Mason, a VAR, missing TWO offsides in the moments before Brentford’s equalizer on Saturday at the Emirates.
Even in the lead-up to Ivan Toney’s equalizer, Mason FORGOT to draw the lines to see if Christian Norgaard was in an offside position.
For tonight’s Merseyside derby, Brooks will be replaced at Stockley Park by Andre Marriner, with David Coote taking over on Wednesday.
The Premier League has gotten in touch with both clubs and is looking into how a mistake in judgment resulted in the wrong calls being placed.
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