Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford ‘will NOT face retrospective action’ for horror challenge on Virgil van Dijk… despite Liverpool’s star defender all-but ruled out for the SEASON with ACL injury sustained in collision
- Virgil van Dijk is all-but out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury
- The Liverpool defender was injured in a challenge with Everton’s Jordan Pickford
- Pickford flew into Van Dijk after just six minutes of Saturday’s Merseyside derby
- Reports have revealed Pickford will not face a retrospective ban for the tackle
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is set to avoid a retrospective ban from the Football Association for his horror tackle on Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
England No 1 Pickford has been widely condemned for the tackle which has all-but ruled Van Dijk out for the season after a scan at the weekend confirmed an ACL injury.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness described the goalkeeper’s challenge, which brought no punishment from the referee, as ‘assault’ while Ryan Mason slammed the tackle as a potential ‘career ender’.
Jordan Pickford (bottom) is expected to avoid punishment for his tackle on Virgil van Dijk
Pickford’s dreadful challenge was reportedly checked by VAR and deemed not to be a red card
But the Athletic report that Pickford will not face punishment from the FA for the altercation in the first six minutes of Saturday’s derby.
It has been detailed that VAR reviewed the incident in question and determined that Liverpool were not awarded a penalty as Van Dijk was in an offside position.
VAR is also said to have concluded that Pickford’s tackle did not meet the threshold for a red card.
Van Dijk (right) was forced off the pitch by the tackle and now faces an extended spell out
Graeme Souness described the tackle as an ‘assault’ and also lambasted the officials’ actions
FA policy for retrospective bans extends only for red card offences that are not contemporaneously seen by match officials, including the VAR, and in this case the tackle in question was checked over.
Van Dijk was taken to hospital for checks and Liverpool confirmed he will undergo surgery in what represents a devastating blow to their title defence.
A statement from Liverpool on Sunday revealed that ‘no specific timescale’ has been placed for Van Dijk’s return to action – although the severity of the setback has all but ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
He has been an ever-present in Klopp’s side and his time on the sidelines has increased the need to bring in a defender in January.
More to follow.