Ex-Fifa official: James Milner in major injustice as Liverpool footage analysed - 'He's wiped him out'
Liverpool should have had their goal in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday (30 April) disallowed for a foul in the build up by James Miner, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Milner’s challenge on Fabian Schar cannot be excused even though he also won the ball.
The 36-year-old won the ball back from Schar with a slide tackle that launched an attack that was finished off by Naby Keita.
VAR reviewed the tackle but deemed it to be fair and the goal was allowed to stand.
Liverpool held on for a narrow victory that keeps them just one point behind Man City at the top of the Premier League table.
“There’s no doubts he goes to ground, takes the ball and then he takes the man,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“Marriner is in a great spot, he’s a very experienced referee and has made the judgement.
“I think this is a really tight call. Getting on the ball is not the answer, that is a foul.
“That is a foul and VAR should have come in, the referee should have looked at it on the monitor and the goal would have been ruled out.
“Yes, he’s got the ball but getting the ball does not justify the challenge. He’s wiped his opponent out.
“For me, that’s a foul.”
The win at St. James’ Park was Milner‘s eighth Premier League start this season among 35 appearances across all competitions.
The former England midfielder is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the current campaign.