‘I was surprised’: BT Sport referee Peter Walton admits he believes VAR made the decision to allow Bournemouth’s first goal against Liverpool to stand was FALSE
- Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth a shock lead over Liverpool at Anfield
- The goal was cleared despite a push on Joe Gomez in preparation
- BT Sport’s Peter Walton admitted the decision should have been overturned
- Rio Ferdinand agreed it was a foul but thought Gomez could have done better
BT Sport referee analyst Peter Walton believed VAR was wrong to allow Bournemouth’s goal against Liverpool.
Callum Wilson gave the Cherries a shocking ninth-minute lead but there was controversy surrounding his goal with the forward giving defender Joe Gomez a boost in preparation.
Referee Paul Tierney let play continue and VAR manager Michael Oliver allowed the goal to stay, despite angry protests from Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool bench.
Jurgen Klopp was furious at the decision to let Bournemouth’s opening goal stand
BT Sport referee analyst Peter Walton admitted it was a bad decision by officials
Callum Wilson put the Cherries ahead but gave defenseman Joe Gomez a boost in preparation
But Walton, who refereed in the Premier League between 2003 and 2012, felt that should have been ruled out.
“I was surprised with the result,” he told BT Sport studio.
“The ball has been played and Gomez is passing the ball because of that push in Wilson’s back. I think it’s clear and obvious to me.
“The reason it’s clear and obvious again is because it’s an upper body foul, he’s not playing for the ball so he’s not making a subjective play on the ball.
Liverpool enjoyed a nervous start to the game as they looked to bounce back from last weekend
The Reds quickly recovered to take the lead after goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
“It’s a foul that has nothing to do with football, he shoved him in the back and therefore overflowed the ball by Gomez, which allows him to continue and score the goal.”
Rio Ferdinand agreed a free kick should have been given to the Reds, but believed Gomez could have handled the situation sooner.
“At the pace of the game we all thought it was never a foul but looking at VAR it’s nowadays that it becomes a foul. I look at it and I would say it was a fault.
“I think Gomez himself, if he analyzes this, I was there before Wilson, you just have to deal with that and then remove that element of doubt from the situation by dealing with it quickly.”
Klopp was furious with the officials’ decision and was quick to celebrate Liverpool’s comeback thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.