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What Next For Darren England After Key Mistake In Liverpool’s 2-1 Loss To Tottenham Hotspur?

Referee Darren England will not work on matches involving Liverpool for the rest of the season, but will not be sacked, per the Telegraph.

The decision comes after England made a significant error in Liverpool’s recent match against Tottenham Hotspur when he mistakenly disallowed a goal for the Reds.

England was the VAR official for the match and he mistakenly ruled that Luis Diaz was offside when he scored. The decision had a major impact on the outcome of the match as Liverpool went on to lose 2-1.

The PGMOL has also removed England and assistant VAR Dan Cook from their duties for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures including their appointments for Nottingham Forest vs Brentford on Sunday and Fulham vs Chelsea on Monday evening.

The 37-year-old referee, once a poster boy for the PGMOL, will face financial repercussions for his VAR error in Liverpool’s match. Despite the setback, he won’t lose his job, however, approximately £1,200 in match fees will be deducted from his basic salary of around £150,000.

England is a FIFA-listed referee and has officiated Europa Conference League and Champions League matches.

However, it is unlikely that he will be assigned to Liverpool matches as a referee or VAR in the near future. While under Webb’s leadership, the PGMOL is moving away from the practice of keeping referees away from clubs where controversial decisions have been made and England’s error could pose challenges for his return to Liverpool-related officiating roles.

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