David Coote no longer Liverpool vs Leicester VAR for ‘Operational Reasons
David Coote will not officiate Sunday’s Premier League encounter between reigning champions Liverpool and table-toppers Leicester.
Earlier this week, the Premier League introduced the match officers for the upcoming game week 9, with Coote appointed Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the Sunday night Anfield conflict.
This was the primary time he had been handed that position since final month’s Merseyside derby. He did not punish Jordan Pickford for his wild problem on Virgil van Dijk that has possibly dominated the centre-back out for the rest of the season.
Coote was broadly criticised for his inaction, and he was dropped from match officiating duties the next weekend. He has since referred to two Premier League fixtures and one Championship conflict, nevertheless.
And it appeared Coote was returning to VAR duties on Sunday – with many Liverpool followers voicing their fury on social media.
Nevertheless, in an obvious replacement of personnel for this weekend’s fixtures, Coote is not listed as working the Anfield conflict.
On Wednesday, the official match listings at 5 pm on Wednesday identify Andre Marriner as VAR for Leicester’s go-to to Merseyside, with Nock Hopton, his assistant, on the night time.
The PGMOL gave a press release to talkSPORT’s Jim White on Thursday and defined that Coote has been taken off for ‘operational causes’.
Chris Kavanagh is the appointed referee, with Daniel Cook dinner and Marc Perry, and fourth official Paul Tierney.
Coote, in the meantime, remains to be working over the weekend – not on Sunday, although.
He’s, actually, named because the referee for the Manchester United vs West Brom fixture, which kicks off at 8 pm on Saturday and is LIVE on talkSPORT.
Coote shall be assisted at Outdated Trafford by Lee Betts and Nick Hopton, with Martin Atkinson, the fourth official. His VAR on the night time is Peter Bankes, and Andy Halliday is the assistant VAR.