Jordan Pickford tackle on Virgil van Dijk during Everton vs Liverpool to be reviewed by referees at next summit as goalkeeper avoids red card
Referees will review the decision to not send off Jordan Pickford during last weekend’s Merseyside derby when they next meet for their annual summit.
Pickford avoided a red card for his wild challenge on Virgil van Dijk as Everton and Liverpool drew at Goodison Park last Saturday, with the Toffees glovesman also not being retrospectively punished.
The England No.1 has been widely criticised for his reckless tackle – with one pundit comparing it to Roy Keane’s infamous challenge on Alf-Inge Haaland – and Pickford has been targeted on social media since it was confirmed Van Dijk could miss the entire season due to the clash.
He suffered damage to his ACL and faces many months on the sidelines, with a possible return not happening before the end of the ongoing campaign.
The VAR official for the derby, David Coote, has also come in for severe criticism and he’s been dropped from refereeing and VAR duties for the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures.
And it has now been reported by the Daily Mail that when referees meet at their next half-term summit, Pickford’s challenge on Van Dijk will be one of the incidents reviewed.
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The officials get together to discuss and investigate decisions which have been made throughout the season, particularly those which caused confusion.
Pickford on Thursday was defended by his manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who dismissed claims that the goalkeeper’s tackle on Van Dijk was premeditated.
“To be clear, we are really sorry for the injury of Virgil van Dijk,” said the Everton boss.. “Every one of us hopes he can recover soon and well.
“Jordan arrived a little bit later but his intention was to try to reach the ball. It was not to hurt Virgil van Dijk.
“To say it was premeditated, and this and that, in my opinion, is too much. Virgil van Dijk knows this.
“Jordan is really sad, really disappointed [that Van Dijk is injured].”