Vincent Kompany’s honest take on Liverpool’s disallowed goals must be a wake-up call for PGMOL

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Vincent Kompany showed class with his verdict on the two goals that Liverpool contentiously had disallowed in their 2-0 win over his Burnley side on Boxing Day. Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota ended up on the scoresheet for the Reds, but Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliot could also have been there. The latter two both had their efforts controversially chalked off.

Vincent Kompany empathizes with Jurgen Klopp

Speaking to Amazon Prime after the match, the Clarets boss empathized with the frustrations of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. He said that the implementation of VAR in the Premier League warrants a wider discussion.

Vincent Kompany said: “It’s a bigger-picture discussion for me. In the overall package, we’ve had these moments against us. I understand Jurgen’s opinion and position. But from my perspective, the amount of times we have sat here and said it’s cost us points… they got the win.”

Unlike almost every other manager, who are unfailingly tribal towards their own club, the Burnley boss showed admirable honesty and empathy with his verdict on the two goals Liverpool had disallowed at Turf Moor, acknowledging that his team have also suffered at the hands of officials this season.

PGMOL should do something about this

We’re only halfway through the season and already there have been enough VAR-related controversies to provide material for a novel-length book to be published. Vincent Kompany’s mention of a ‘bigger-picture discussion’ must serve as a wake-up call for the PGMOL. They should get their house in order and quickly instill a significant improvement in the performance of their members.

Managers certainly don’t stand for their own players performing well below the expected standard. By the same logic, PGMOL shouldn’t stand for referees making wrong decisions. The PGMOL must recognize that PL referees are simply getting things wrong far too often, and this cannot go on.

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