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'Not him': BBC pundit really not impressed by what Everton man said after Merseyside Derby on Saturday
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'Not him': BBC pundit really not impressed by what Everton man said after Merseyside Derby on Saturday

It was a weekend of controversial refereeing decisions across the Premier League.

Liverpool travelled to Goodison Park for the Merseyside Derby in the early Saturday kick-off.

It ended 0-0, but Garth Crooks in his Team of the Week column, wanted to highlight the reaction to one particular incident.

Crooks was not impressed by Frank Lampard’s comments after the match.

A tackle by Virgil van Dijk on new Everton signing Amadou Onana sparked plenty of discussion.

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The Dutch defender was only shown a yellow card for a late challenge on the 21-year-old.

Lampard said after the match that he believed Van Dijk should have been sent off for the challenge.

“It doesn’t matter now, but for me it was a red and that changes the face of the last 20 minutes.” Lampard said.

“There was some talk before this game about bad tackles and the referee just has a job to do, and so does VAR.

“I think they got that one wrong in my opinion.”

Crooks not impressed with Lampard’s comments

In his Team of the Week column, Crooks said: “As for Frank Lampard suggesting in his press conference that Virgil van Dijk “might” have seen red for his challenge on Amadou Onana, this is a matter for the referee and not him.

Crooks clearly believes that referees rulings shouldn’t be questioned after the match has finished.

Lampard wasn’t the only manager struggling to come to terms with a decision made at the weekend.

West Ham manager David Moyes confronted Andrew Madley after a VAR call ruled out a late equaliser.

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Steven Gerrard was also left to rue a mistake in Aston Villa’s draw against Manchester City, after Philippe Coutinho’s goal was incorrectly called as offside.

Lampard is unlikely to stop trying to protect his players when dangerous challenges are flying in.

He would have been very pleased with his side’s performance though.

Jordan Pickford had a brilliant game in goal, and defender Nathan Patterson was described as a ‘diamond’.

Despite this, Crooks was not impressed by Lampard’s comments, and had a similar criticism for Ruben Neves later in his piece.

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