“Cry at Home”
In the aftermath of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenham, Alexis Mac Allister finds himself potentially facing a charge from the Football Association (FA) due to his remarks on Instagram. The match saw Liverpool, reduced to nine men, suffer a dramatic loss, marking it with controversy and sparking discussions about refereeing integrity.
Mac Allister in Hot Water Over Social Media Comment
The Brighton midfielder, Alexis Mac Allister, expressed his frustrations on social media after the match, responding to a post by Argentina teammate Cristian Romero with the comment, ‘Normal when you have 12 players.’ This remark is likely to ignite an FA investigation, questioning the integrity of the referee, a situation reminiscent of Jurgen Klopp’s charge last season for similar comments.
A Controversial Defeat for Liverpool
Liverpool experienced a tumultuous defeat, with Curtis Jones being sent off early in the match and a goal by Luis Diaz incorrectly ruled out due to a VAR error. Despite these setbacks, Liverpool managed to equalise before half-time with a goal by Cody Gakpo, only to lose to a late own goal by Joel Matip.
FA Likely to Investigate Midfielder’s Remarks
The exchange between Mac Allister and Romero, who replied to Mac Allister’s comment with ‘Cry at home,’ is expected to draw the attention of the FA. Previous instances of questioning the referee’s integrity have led to charges and bans, highlighting the potential repercussions for the players involved.
PGMOL Admits to Significant Human Error
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has recognised the mistake in disallowing Diaz’s goal and has stood down the VAR officials involved, Darren England and Dan Cook, for their next respective games. PGMOL stated, ‘A significant human error occurred,’ and they will conduct a full review into the circumstances leading to this error, ensuring such failings are addressed with utmost transparency.
Liverpool Responds to the Unfortunate Decision
Liverpool released a statement slamming the decision and exploring a range of options in response. The club emphasised the importance of applying the laws of the game correctly to maintain sporting integrity and expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of intervention and the categorisation of the failings as ‘significant human error.’