Pep Guardiola has delivered a blunt response to Jurgen Klopp’s call for a replay of Liverpool’s match against Tottenham.
Liverpool has found itself in the midst of an ongoing VAR controversy after the PGMOL confirmed that Luis Diaz’s goal was wrongly disallowed for offside. A revealing audio recording of VAR’s communication breakdown with referee Simon Hooper has subsequently been made public.
Additionally, the Premier League’s Independent Panel has determined that Diogo Jota should not have received a second yellow card.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Klopp suggested that a replay was the only fair solution, an idea that has been met with skepticism by figures like Gary Neville.
Manchester City manager Guardiola has now weighed in on the matter, asserting that Liverpool must “accept it.”
“It was a mistake, accept it and move on” 😬
Pep Guardiola responds to Jurgen Klopp’s comments regarding the PGMOL & VAR controversies 👇 pic.twitter.com/BcwFuk1N2j
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) October 6, 2023
“I said before the game in the Champions League, so it’s done. It was a mistake, accept it,” he told reporters.
“It’s always difficult, humans can make mistakes but the machines have to do it – the VAR is there to reduce that (mistake).
“All the humans make the mistakes, we do.
“At the end, the machines had been (introduced) for human beings so it’s a mistake, hopefully it’s finished here, getting better and improve (from) that.
“The Premier League or people from VAR will improve at that to avoid and the reason it’s there is for a fair game.
“The VAR was implemented to make our game more right, hopefully will be better in the future.”
Both officials involved in the VAR failures at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Darren England and Dan Cook have been stood down for their next two Premier League fixtures.
While separate reports have claimed that England has been banned from officiating the Merseyside club for the rest of the campaign.