Tottenham interim head coach Ryan Mason feels he deserves an explanation as to why Diogo Jota was still on the pitch to score an added-time winner for Liverpool after his header challenge on Oliver Skipp only deserved a yellow one.
The Portugal international scored to secure a 4-3 win just 99 seconds after Richarlison thought his first Premier League goal for the club had secured a late point after coming from 3-0 down.
However, Mason couldn’t believe that the substitute’s high boot, which sliced off Skipp’s head, didn’t warrant a red card.
“I would like an explanation and a reason why it was not. I can understand the referees on the field missing it,” he said.
“My feeling at the time was an instant red card because when your foot is five and a half feet off the ground and it makes contact and there’s an injury, it ticks all the boxes.
“We want VAR to help the referee on the field at that moment, but an experienced referee and VAR have not given it.
“A player who should not be on the field decided the game.
“I felt like we didn’t get that decision, it was a great decision, a pivotal decision and one you really can’t miss.
“I find it difficult and impossible to really understand why.”
Mason was doubly unhappy after watching his team struggle against goals conceded to Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah (a penalty) within the first 15 minutes to equalize in the third minute of added time after Richarlison added to the goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung Min.
“We come here and we create so many opportunities,” he said. “Another day we won it easily.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was also unhappy with some of the referees, so much so that he pulled his hamstring while running down the touchline to celebrate wildly in front of fourth official John Brooks.
Former referee chief Keith Hackett wrote on Twitter that Klopp’s behavior was “unacceptable” and that “if we want to improve the occupants of the technical area, then the law MUST apply.” Don’t let your authority be eroded.”
Klopp’s problem was more with referee Paul Tierney, but his post-match comments about the referee may land him disciplinary problems.
“We have our history with Tierney, I really don’t know what he has against us, he has said there is no problem, but that can’t be true,” he told Sky Sports.
“How he looks at me, I don’t understand. My celebration was unnecessary, which is fair, but what he told me when he gave me the yellow card is not right.”
Asked what Tierney had said, Klopp added: “I won’t say anything about it. The referees do not say what is said, so I do not say what is said.
However, he continued to criticize Tierney and his story, referring to last season’s 2-2 draw in London.
Klopp said: “Paul Tierney didn’t give Harry Kane a red card, but Robbo (Andy Robertson) got a red card. It wasn’t the first time, there are so many things”.
On his celebration in front of the fourth official, Klopp added: “Of course we are excited right now. It’s hard. It’s not right, we shouldn’t do that. Yes, we are role models, but above all we are human beings.
“I didn’t say a bad word to the fourth official, not at all, but I probably strained my hamstring at the time, so, fair enough, I’m already grounded.
“A just punishment for not behaving in the right way. I have pain for a few days, Mr. Tierney no.
The PGMOL was quick to refute Klopp’s accusation that he was spoken to out of line.
A statement read: “PGMOL is aware of the comments made by Jurgen Klopp after his team’s match with Tottenham Hotspur.
“Match officials in the Premier League are recorded at all games via a communications system and having fully reviewed referee Paul Tierney’s audio from today’s match, we can confirm that he acted in a professional manner throughout. including as he admonished the Liverpool manager so we therefore strongly reject any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were inappropriate.”