Mark criticises David Coote VAR appointment and standard of refereeing

Mark criticises David VAR appointment and standard of refereeing

Coote was originally set for duty on Liverpool’s clash with Leicester, having failed to punish Jordan Pickford’s derby challenge on Virgil Van Dijk. Former referee Mark Halsey questioned the wisdom of putting David Coote into the “pressure cooker” of a Liverpool match after his controversial VAR performance last month.

Coote was lined up to be the video official in Sunday’s game against Leicester at Anfield, his first Reds’ match since his controversial performance in the Merseyside derby where he failed to punish Jordan Pickford for a reckless challenge on Virgil Van Dijk which resulted in a serious knee injury for the Holland captain.

However, the Nottinghamshire official has subsequently withdrawn. And instead, take charge of West Brom’s trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

“It’s poor appointing. There a massive furore about the incident. And had two or three different reasons why it picked up. The offside nullified challenge which nonsense,” Halsey told talkSPORT.

“Why put him in that pressure cooker? There was no need to put him on that fixture list as VAR with Liverpool.”


The former Premier League official also hit out about the falling quality of refereeing generally.

“I hate to criticise fellow colleagues but over the last six to seven years the standard is dropping alarmingly, at all levels,” he added.

“We have some great referees out there at the top, and I think Michael Oliver is by far our best referee; Martin Atkinson, Mike Dean, experienced guys and good referees.

“Top coaches turn average players into good players, good players into excellent players – it is no different with referees.

“We have a failing with a number of top coaches who can take our referees forward.”

Mark criticises David VAR appointment and standard of refereeing

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