Sport 'An Ugly Precedent': Adrian Durham wrong to call for Pickford to be dropped after Merseyside Derby incident

15:15  20 october  2020
15:15  20 october  2020 Source:   readsport.co

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Everton’s Richarlison was sent off late on but Jordan Pickford escaped for a controversial early challenge on Virgil van Dijk before Jordan Henderson had a late Liverpool winner ruled out in a 2-2 draw. As well they might, unaccustomed as they are to outrageous fortune in the Merseyside derby .

VAR reviewed the incident in Saturday's Merseyside derby and determined that Liverpool were not awarded a penalty because Van Dijk was in an offside Virgil van Dijk is set to be ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury. The Liverpool defender was injured in a challenge with Everton's

As Toffees and Reds across Merseyside and beyond look back on the weekend’s fiery and bitter 2-2 draw, the emotions remain just as raw as they were on Saturday.

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The footballing world was ablaze with heated reactions, though commentator Adrian Durham’s bold claim that Jordan Pickford should be dropped was one of the boldest and most controversial comments made surrounding the derby.

Despite the feisty entertainment on display in the draw at Goodison Park, one of the darker highlights of the heated fixture was Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s reckless and endangering challenge on Virgil van Dijk. The incident placed a notable shadow on the game after it has since been confirmed that van Dijk will need to undergo knee surgery following the last-ditch challenge, prompting the comments.

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Remarkable revelation as it emerges Merseyside derby video referee David Coote DIDN'T KNOW he could give Jordan Pickford a red card for horror Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson then saw a late winner ruled out for offside, after Sadio Mane was judged to be off following a pass by Thiago

Jordan Pickford took a huge gamble in the early stages of the Merseyside derby . Ryan Mason has slammed Jordan Pickford for his 'career-ending' horror challenge on Virgil van Dijk in On in his place came Joe Gomez, who had been dropped from the starting At the time of the incident Liverpool were leading the game courtesy of an early strike by the returning Sadio Mane in the opening minutes.

Controversy and tension are to be expected; they are integral components of any good Merseyside derby, and the latest contest between the Toffees and the Reds was no exception. A 2-2 draw produced an impressive amount of key moments; VAR controversy, reckless challenges, red cards and four formidable goals were some of the key picks.

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Unfortunately for Durham, his standpoint is closer to a symbolic reaction that may be echoed by ardent Liverpool fans rather than something that is directly enforceable.

The rules do not advocate for retrospective bans in spite of the severity of the challenge and the subsequent injury it caused. The FA determined the incident was seen at the time having consulted with the match officials, including VAR.

The FA does possess the powers to intervene even if a decision is reached, but this is only used in exceptionally rare circumstances.

Clearly, the event was seen as not warranting further action. It could set an ugly precedent for future fixtures if a retrospective ban for a harsh challenge was applied.

Pickford intended to hurt Van Dijk, claims pundit .
Former Arsenal star Perry Groves believes Jordan Pickford intended to hurt Virgil van Dijk during the recent Merseyside derby. Liverpool’s key man has likely seen his season ended after suffering cruciate ligament damage, following a reckless tackle from Pickford on October 17th. It was a hugely controversial moment that has made the headlines ever since, and it still isn’t completely going away. Only Pickford will know if the intention was to hurt Van Dijk or not, but Groves is in no doubt over what the Everton goalkeeper’s motives were.

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