Opinion

Jon Moss got one right and one wrong

There were two big penalty decisions for referee Jon Moss at Anfield on Sunday. He got one right and the other wrong.

On the first one, Harry Kane was clearly in an offside position and should have been flagged by the referee’s assistant, Edward Smart. Moss talked to Smart who told him he was not sure so the referee gave the penalty.

If Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool defender, had been deliberately trying to clear the ball, he would have been deemed to have been playing Kane onside. In my view, however, Lovren did not play the ball deliberately  if he had been, the ball would have been cleared upfield  so it should have been immediately ruled offside.

Moss was left in the mire by his assistant, who should have put up his flag for offside. The whole procedure looked untidy but Moss was fortunate that Kane’s spot-kick was saved.

That did not conceal the fact that there was generally poor teamwork between Moss and his two assistants, both of whom were frankly poor and below the standard expected at Premier League level.

Moss also had to decide whether Loris Karius, the Liverpool goalkeeper, should have been sent off for bringing down Kane. He decided, correctly, that Karius was attempting to play the ball as he fouled Kane so rightly did not show him a red card.

This was actually one of Moss’s better performances and he was correct to award Tottenham their second penalty, from which Kane scored a late equaliser.

Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool defender, clearly caught Erik Lamela so it was a straightforward decision that the referee got right.

What is beginning to concern me is the way managers come on to the field of play at the end of the match to to either compliment or have a go at the referee. This is too public and should be stopped.

The time to seek clarification over any contentious decisions is 30 minutes after the match, when everyone has calmed down and had a chance to review incidents via television replays.

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