Saturday 22 September 2018

Referee admits he was 'misguided' in asking fourth official for TV assistance before awarding Spurs penalty at Anfield

Harry Kane goes down in the box and (inset) Jonathan Moss speaks with the linesman before awarding a penalty to Tottenham
Harry Kane goes down in the box and (inset) Jonathan Moss speaks with the linesman before awarding a penalty to Tottenham

Tom White

Jon Moss has acknowledged he was "misguided" in asking fourth official Martin Atkinson for assistance via television when awarding Tottenham's first penalty against Liverpool on Sunday.

But a statement from Professional Game Match Officials Limited has otherwise backed Moss' handling of the incident which saw Harry Kane fouled by Loris Karius. Referee Moss consulted with his assistant Eddie Smart to clarify whether Kane was offside as the ball came through to him before eventually awarding the spot-kick.

The statement read: "Jon Moss was in a good position to see that a Liverpool player deliberately played the ball before it fell to Harry Kane. He then correctly judged that Kane was fouled by Lorius Karius.

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"Eddie Smart correctly sought clarification on whether Dejan Lovren had deliberately played the ball. His question created some momentary confusion when Eddie asked if 'Lovren' had touched the ball. Moss knew a Liverpool player had touched the ball but not that it was Lovren.

"He then asked a question to his fourth official Martin Atkinson and acknowledges that referencing 'TV' was misguided. Atkinson did not reply to the question and so had no involvement in the decision. Having properly reflected on the questions asked, Jon knew that a Liverpool player, now identified as Lovren, had played the ball and that no offside offence had occurred. He then awarded the penalty.

"For the avoidance of doubt, Atkinson did not view a television monitor and did not relay any information to the on-field officials."

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