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‘Don’t blame VAR’ – Mark Clattenburg’s message to Liverpool fans after Everton draw

Saturday’s Merseyside derby was packed full of controversy as Everton held Liverpool 2-2 in a dramatic showdown at Goodison Park.

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has offered his views on the controversial decisions from Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Everton held Liverpool 2-2 in a dramatic showdown at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Virgil van Dijk was forced off injured inside the opening 10 minutes after being on the end of a reckless challenge by Jordan Pickford.

While Richarlison was also sent-off for hacking Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson’s late winner was chalked-off after Sadio Mane was judged to have been offside on the build-up.

And Clattenburg, who once stole the show back in 2007 with a highly-controversial refereeing display at Goodison in a derby, believes referee Michael Oliver should have been sent to the pitchside monitor by David Coote, who was on VAR duty, to review the Van Dijk incident.

“I once missed a Dirk Kuyt foul on Phil Neville in a Merseyside derby. I produced a yellow but had I been able to see it again — on a pitch-side monitor — I would have upgraded that to a red,” he told Sportsmail.

“At Goodison, referee Michael Oliver should have been told to look at his monitor by VAR David Coote.

“Had Oliver done so, I’m sure he would have sent off Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Virgil van Dijk.

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“VAR looked at the incident and decided it wasn’t a red-card offence. I disagree.

“I’ve also heard it claimed Pickford could not be dismissed because Van Dijk was offside —…

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