FA view on Jordan Pickford explained as Virgil Van Dijk tackle to go unpunished

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will not face any disciplinary action over his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Pickford avoided a red card in the Merseyside derby despite producing a horror tackle on Van Dijk, who could now be set to spend up to eight months on the sidelines with an ACL injury.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was left fuming with the incident, saying; “It was a… what can I say? Find the word… I don’t want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it is of course not a challenge how a goalie can do it in the box because there is another player.”

But according to The Athletic, Pickford will not be facing any disciplinary action from the FA.

It is believed the FA’s policy is to only issue retrospective action for red-card offences which are not picked up by match officials at the time.

And due to the fact VAR reviewed the incident and did not deem it worthy of a sending off, Pickford will escape any punishment from the governing body.

Pickford’s challenge was not the only controversial moment of the match, with Liverpool also denied a last-gasp winner by VAR.

Jordan Henderson turned in what he thought was the decisive strike in stoppage time, only for Sadio Mane to have been deemed offside in the build-up after consultation with the video assistant.

After the draw, Klopp could not understand why the goal was ruled out when replays appeared to show that Mane’s arm was in a marginally offside position.

The Liverpool manager said: “In the dressing room people are stood around the laptop and I ask, ‘What’s wrong?’ and they say, ‘We’ve watched the situation back and we don’t understand why they say it’s offside’.

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“Look, I’m a real supporter of VAR but then you’d expect, especially with offside, that you’d get the right decision. We scored a goal one time at Aston Villa and they said the arm pit was offside… sounds funny, we got it.

“This time, the picture I saw now, once on the laptop, there’s no armpit, there’s nothing, it’s just not offside. And since then I’ve had 10 interviews, round about, and everyone tells me it was not offside – and that does not lift my mood!”

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