A full transcript has been released of the exchange between referee Jon Moss and his linesman Eddie Smart before Tottenham were awarded their first penalty versus Liverpool.
Moss gave Spurs the penalty, despite openly admitting that he had ‘no idea’ if Dejan Lovren touched the ball or not.
If he hadn’t then Harry Kane would have been offside and no penalty would have been awarded.
The transcript released by Sky Sports, as quoted by Tribuna, reveals that the referee awarded the penalty without knowing, after a brief conversation with his assistant,
[Smart] “You know what I’m asking; I need to clarify, has Lovren touched the ball? If he has, it’s a deliberate action and, therefore, it’s a penalty. If he has not, it is offside,
[Moss] “I have no idea whether Lovren touched the ball to be honest with you.”
Smart initially tried to simplify things for Jon Moss with one question, before sending Christian Eriksen and Emre Can away to cool the situation down,
[Smart] “All I need to know is, did Lovren touch the ball?
[Moss] “I don’t know.”
Although Loris Karius stepped up to save the penalty, this was a defining monent in the fixture, that saw Liverpool twice let go of a lead.
This brings into context the potential usefulness of VAR, although most people believe that Moss made the right decision in the end.