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Forest’s Cooper puts pressure on the referee’s body

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper said officials once again failed to make key decisions on Sunday, as criticism from refereeing body PGMOL shows no sign of abating following controversial calls.

VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook were replaced for two matches after Liverpool mistakenly disallowed a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, with PGMOL saying the decision was “a “Critical error”.

Liverpool said the VAR error “undermined the integrity of the game”.

Cooper was angered by the decision to send off Moussa Niakhate in the 1–1 draw with Brentford, due to there being even more scrutiny from the officials on Sunday.

Cooper said, “With it being the only Premier League game of the day, PGMOL needed a real clean day and unfortunately they got the opposite.”

“We all want the referees to be at the right level and help them but they have to help themselves. The last thing they needed was people talking about refereeing decisions.”

Brentford manager Thomas Frank was unhappy that his team’s penalty claims were not supported by VAR, particularly an incident in the second half when Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner escaped punishment for a challenge on forward Yoane Wissa. Went.

He said, “Two handballs, some managers would claim them as penalties, I wouldn’t, but I would really hate it if they were given against me.”

“However, Wiesa is a clear penalty. You can’t go past that guy, so unfortunately it’s a mistake on VAR’s part.” reuters


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