David Coote DROPPED from ref and VAR roles for first time this season

David Coote DROPPED from referee and VAR roles for the first time this season after forgetting he could review Jordan Pickford’s horror lunge on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby… he will be fourth official as Man City play West Ham instead

  • Merseyside derby VAR David Coote will only be a fourth official this weekend
  • He failed to check for a red card for Jordan Pickford’s challenge on Virgil van Dijk
  • Sportsmail revealed that Coote thought offside nullified the bad foul

The referee at the centre of the the VAR controversy in Saturday’s Merseyside derby will only be on fourth official duties in the Premier League this weekend.

David Coote, the official overseeing proceedings at Stockley Park for Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Everton, has been taken out of the limelight after failing to check for a red card for Jordan Pickford.

The England goalkeeper inflicted a season-ending knee injury on Virgil van Dijk with a horror challenge in the first half at Goodison Park, but Coote forgot that the rules allowed him to review the incident despite the offside in the build-up.

David Coote will not be a referee or on VAR duties for a Premier League match this weekend

Coote was the VAR in charge of the Merseyside derby and did not check for a red card for Jordan Pickford

Matchweek 1 – VAR for Fulham-Arsenal

Matchweek 2 – Ref for Southampton-Tottenham

Matchweek 3 – VAR for City-Leicester

Matchweek 4 – Ref for Newcastle-Burnley, fourth official for Villa-Liv

Matchweek 5 – VAR for Everton-Liv, Ref for Leeds-Wolves

Matchweek 6 – fourth official for WHU-City

Instead of on refereeing or VAR duties, Coote will be the fourth official for West Ham’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime.

It is the first time this season that Coote will be on the touchline instead of in charge on the pitch or in Stockley Park. 

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that Coote thought that the offside against Van Dijk on Saturday — which he checked forensically — nullified what happened afterwards.

Liverpool have been left furious that Pickford went unpunished and are demanding urgent clarification on the PGMOL’s handling of the incident.

Senior sources at Anfield claim the Premier League are more interested in briefing their version of events — which they also allege keeps changing — than talking with the club.

Liverpool insiders say they were told on Saturday that Coote was ‘too distracted’ by the offside check and therefore did not look at the possible red card for Pickford. 

PGMOL boss Mike Riley then spoke to the club on Sunday, claiming that the match officials did review the challenge and deemed it not to be a red.

Pickford went unpunished for the season-ending injury he inflicted on Virgil van Dijk

It will be the first time this season that Coote is not on refereeing or VAR duties

Coote was VAR for Fulham’s opening- day defeat by Arsenal last month before he officiated Tottenham’s 5-2 demolition of Southampton.

On the third matchweek of the season he was back in Stockley Park for Manchester City’s stunning home defeat by Leicester.

In the final matchweek before the recent international break he refereed Newcastle’s home win over Burnley and was then fourth official for Aston Villa’s shock 7-2 defeat of Liverpool.

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