Premier League Bans Referee David Coote After Gaffe In Van Dijk Horror Tackle

Premier League Bans David Coote Gaffe Van Dijk Tackle

The Premier League has dropped David Coote from referee and VAR duties this weekend after his blunder in the Merseyside derby.

Coote failed to check whether Jordan Pickford's season-ending tackle on Virgil van Dijk should have been a red card in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.

And he has now been given the boot for the first time this season.

Coote will be on fourth official duties instead where he will be on the touchline for Manchester City's visit to West Ham.

As well as ignoring Pickford's rash scissor tackle on Van Dijk – reportedly claiming it was nullified because Van Dijk was offside in the build up – Coote was also involved in controversy at the end of the match.

He ruled out Jordan Henderson's late effort for offside which would have put Liverpool 3-2 up.

Sadio Mane was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up to the goal but pictures shown to viewers at home seemed to show the forward onside by a whisker.

Since the controversial match, Pickford and Everton striker Richarlison have both been subjected to ‘death threats' which the police are investigating.

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This weekend will be the first time this season Coote has not been the lead official at VAR HQ at Stockley Park or the referee.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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