The EPL refereeing body has announced that Liverpool striker Luis Diaz's goal in the English Premier League match against Tottenham in Matchday 7 was cancelled by mistake.
Diaz struck Tottenham's goal in the 34th minute, shortly after his Liverpool teammate Curtis Jones was sent off for a foul. Luiz's goal was cancelled because the referees found the 26-year-old Colombian to be offside, which was not actually the case.
Although the VAR system allegedly intervened in this episode, the right lines were not drawn, so the linesman's initial offside decision, approved by referee Simon Hooper, stood.
In a statement released after Tottenham's 2-1 win, the refereeing body attributed the VAR failure to human error.
"The refereeing body acknowledges that there was a serious human error in the first half of the Tottenham v Liverpool match. The team of referees on the pitch did not count Luis Diaz's goal because of offside. This was a clear factual error that should have been corrected by VAR, but VAR did not intervene.
The refereeing body will conduct a full review of the circumstances that led to this error," the Howard Webb-led organisation said in a statement.