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Liverpool are to appeal against the red card given to Curtis Jones during their controversial 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Jones was sent off for fouling Yves Bissouma on 26 minutes after a video assistant referee (VAR) intervention.
Referee Simon Hooper initially gave Jones a yellow card for the challenge, but changed his decision after going to the pitchside monitor.
Midfielder Jones, 22, faces a three-game ban if the card is not overturned.
If the dismissal is upheld, he would miss Liverpool’s Premier League games against Brighton, Everton and Nottingham Forest.
The club said “sporting integrity has been undermined” after the governing body for referees PGMOL said the decision to rule out the goal was “a significant human error”.
On Sunday, the Reds issued a statement after VAR failed to overturn an incorrect decision to disallow a Luis Diaz goal for offside, with the match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium goalless.
It seems this is the reason for Liverpool appealing Curtis Jones' red card.
As I said, the still image biased the referee's decision-making process.
— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) October 2, 2023
The motivation behind Liverpool’s appeal is likely to be the images Hooper was shown, which did not follow VAR protocol.
Speaking on the red card after the game – with Diogo Jota also dismissed for two bookable offences, which cannot be appealed – Jurgen Klopp criticised the VAR process.
“The first red card, Curtis steps on the ball and then rolls over the ball and hits the legs,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“If you looked at it in slow motion, you think, ‘OK, that is maybe a red card’.
“If you are a football player, I am not sure you would [say it is a red]. Unlucky, not a bad tackle. Just stepped on the ball and goes over it.
“It looks different in slow motion, big time. He steps full throttle on the ball, there’s the power, and then goes over the ball. That is unlucky.”
Liverpool have already seen one successful appeal against a red card this season, with Alexis Mac Allister‘s dismissal against Bournemouth overturned.