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Ex-ref Gallagher hits out at Liverpool after 'escalation' statement: It wasn't deliberate!

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has defended the current set of referees yet again.

Gallagher, who appears on Sky Sports to justify various refereeing decisions, spoke about the Liverpool vs. Tottenham clash on Saturday.

The Reds had two players sent off and saw a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, despite a VAR check taking place.

"I don't understand what that means, to be honest," he said in response to Liverpool publishing a statement that they may consider legal action against the PGMOL.

"Sorry. I seriously don't.

"It was a mistake, referees make mistakes all the time and you were saying it was my 25-year birthday at Sky yesterday, you can find loads of mine that I've made, honestly.

"But it was a mistake. It was a very, very, very bad mistake, there's no doubt about that, but it's a mistake. It is not done deliberately."

"We're talking human error again and the integrity of the game. Now the integrity of the game is Liverpool have scored a legitimate goal," pundit and former Liverpool player Stephen Warnock responded.

"This is where the rule book goes out the window, and I know everybody will say no, but it should to keep the integrity of the game where common sense comes into it.

"You [Darren England - VAR] go 'Simon, we've messed up - not you - we have', because they made Simon Hooper (on field referee) look a fool on TV and to the world who are watching football. 'We've made an error, you need to atone for this error'.

"The way of doing that could simply be walk to the side of the pitch, blow the whistle and say to both managers come in, both captains come in, say 'the VAR have made an error, this is what has happened'. This would have took two or three minutes to do but you get the right decision.

"You say 'it's a goal to Liverpool, what my recommendation is to atone for this error is to do a bounce of the ball and allow Liverpool to score'. After the game - even at half time - an announcement is put out by the PGMOL straight away. That would have been around in 10 seconds and everyone would have gone 'amazing, we know where we stand'.

"Whereas they've made it look an absolute mess, and now it is a mess."

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