14 of the most hilarious social media reactions to the full VAR audio from Spurs vs Liverpool
After yet another weekend of controversy that resulted in Luis Diaz’s goal against Spurs wrongly being disallowed for offside, the PGMOL and the Premier League swallowed their humble pie and released the audio from the VAR hub at the time of the incident.
You don’t need us to tell you just how farcical it is.
Replays showed that Diaz was clearly onside for Liverpool when he fired them ahead after 34 minutes, but Simon Hooper swiftly blew up for offside, prompting a review.
The footage just about sums up the issue with VAR since its introduction in the Premier League back in the 2019-20 season; it’s two minutes or so of complete and utter chaos.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Darren England and his colleagues in the hub then reviewed the footage and relayed the famous last words ‘check complete’ back to Hooper, meaning the goal was confirmed as offside. Wrongly.
Hooper then resumed play off the back of the miscommunication, just as everybody in the hub immediately realises the colossal and, ultimately, costly cock-up that has been made.
PGMOL has released the full audio from the VAR hub relating to the Luis Diaz goal that was incorrectly disallowed in Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/fyKqBPmLmP
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley) October 3, 2023
Dear oh dear. It’s laughable at this point, isn’t it?
Liverpool fans probably won’t feel like laughing – which we completely understand – but if you don’t laugh, you cry.
Serious inquests must be made into the effectiveness of VAR and the quality of officiating in the United Kingdom from elite to grassroots level, of course. But we’re not here for that.
No chance. Instead, we’re here to make the best of a bad situation and celebrate the people of Twitter (or X, if we must) for their brilliant response to the farcical decision and footage behind it.
Almost as soon as the footage went live, we were treated to a serious meme template.
Posted without context pic.twitter.com/p5XD4q4N0T
— Scott Saunders (@__scottsaunders) October 3, 2023
Me when I’ve missed 8 sitters on pro clubs and we’ve been relegated pic.twitter.com/LYBmIyj481
— JCC (@WorldofJCC) October 3, 2023
Forget meme template – we’ve got a full meme package.
leaving the pub after several pints vs the morning after pic.twitter.com/hAmbLatj97
— Ben (@BenJoyceFoot) October 3, 2023
But while referee Hooper and VAR England spent the evening catching pelters for their parts in the shambles, an unlikely hero emerged from the shadows.
Replay operator, this is your time to shine.
Congrats to Replay Operator for becoming the the breakout hero of 2023
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) October 3, 2023
The replay Operator is the only one who was clued in. They just ignored him. Clowns. pic.twitter.com/wKC94DXgnQ
— Moby (@Mobyhaque1) October 3, 2023
Babyface of the century. Step aside, John Cena.
Oli the replay operator knowing he was the only one who did his job pic.twitter.com/jDUHIKgIXh
— cmbftbl (@cmbftbl) October 3, 2023
The replay operator who said “Delay, delay” pic.twitter.com/zKHkut8HRn
— Sumeet (@flameosumeet) October 3, 2023
Liverpool fans might not have gotten justice, but they certainly gained a legend.
Mr VAR Replay Operator pic.twitter.com/eMCGrVEtQT
— J7 (@lfcJ7_) October 3, 2023
Replay Operator. pic.twitter.com/XRf6QpFAmM
— Fury (@LFC_Fury) October 3, 2023
Unfortunately, Mr Operator, you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain.
BREAKING: The replay operator is now the head of the PGMOL.
— Max Rushden 💛🖤 (@maxrushden) October 3, 2023
There was no heroism for England, though. Oh *expletive* indeed, Daz.
Replay operator: ‘Delay, delay’
Darren England: pic.twitter.com/XShjV8K9qp
— Mitch (@mitchwilks) October 3, 2023
Darren England saying “Fuck” to pretend he cares that he’s just robbed us pic.twitter.com/Sau3PDt1Bd
— 🥤 (@TheImmortalKop) October 3, 2023
“Daz, the decision is onside”
Darren England: pic.twitter.com/dnuGfUnGip
— ‘ (@SherzCapone00) October 3, 2023
Still, at least we all ended the night with a lot more clarity as to what happened, right?
“Was it a goal or offside, mate?” pic.twitter.com/f4197qrjnB
— Jacque Talbot (@jac_talbot) October 3, 2023
Of course not.