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The great debate – did Van Dijk foul De Gea?

David de Gea, Virgil Van dijk
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The great debate about VAR intervention in on-again, as Roberto Firmino’s goal is ruled out after the Virgil Van Dijk challenge on David De Gea.

VAR is at the heart of another great debate. It comes after VAR overruled referee Craig Pawson and disallowed Roberto Firmino’s goal.

The ball comes in and United keeper David De Gea goes up for the ball, as does Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.

The giant Dutch defender gets none of the ball but some good weight on the keeper.

The ball comes out and finds its way to the feet of Firmino who curls in an absolute beauty of a goal to De Gea’s far post. The referee signifies a goal. Liverpool celebrates and the United players go ballistic.

The mistake United made was all but stopping because they decided it was a foul.

Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Graeme Souness are furious and says VAR was wrong.

Keane said:

“Why he’s disallowed this goal is beyond me. I can’t get my head around it. He’s got his eye on the ball.”

“De Gea’s done this before, I think there’s a softness to him.”

“The game’s gone mad.”

Souness added:

” “Under no circumstances is that a foul.”

“It’s laughable. How much more honest could he be in his challenge?”

Patrice Evra, on the other hand, thought the two had been on the booze and checked their glasses.

He added:

“It’s a foul. He’s touching De Gea with his head.”

I’m not sure that “it’s an honest tackle” is a suitable excuse. Not that it changed the result or Liverpool’s superiority, but I’m going with a foul.

What do you think?