Lewis Dunk of Brighton rejects Jurgen Klopp’s replay offer with a flawless retort.

Before his team’s Europa League matchup against Marseille in France, Lewis Dunk commented on the VAR controversy involving Tottenham and Liverpool from the previous weekend.


Lewis Dunk claims that if Liverpool were given the opportunity to rerun their match against Tottenham following last weekend’s remarkable VAR issue, Brighton would be entitled to do the same. The two teams drew 1-1 last season at Crystal Palace.


The Seagulls captain was responding to Jurgen Klopp’s remarks, in which he stated his opinion that the 2-1 loss to Spurs should be rescheduled since Luis Diaz’s goal was incorrectly overturned by the video assistance referee.


Dunk, however, thinks that such a move would only be opening a can of worms as Brighton has also been the victim of some noteworthy errors, particularly last season when they made the unlikely attempt to qualify for the Champions League.


Before Thursday night’s Europa League match in the south of France, Dunk acknowledged at the Orange Velodrome in Marseille that the situation was tricky.


It’s tough to respond, but if you recall our game against Crystal Palace away from home last season, we had an offside because they also tagged the wrong player. So, should we replay the match from last season where we had a chance to earn a couple more points and advance to the Champions League rather than the Europa League? It’s a challenging task. Play it again or not?


PGMOL issued an apology for the “serious error” that resulted in Pervis Estupinan’s goal being incorrectly chalked off in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in February of last year due to improper line markings by the VAR officials. Following the 2-1 loss against Spurs in April, Brighton would subsequently receive their third apology of the year from PGMOL after Kaoru Mitoma was wrongfully refused what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty after a clumsy challenge from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.


“There are many incidents in football that are currently talking points,” Dunk continued. Referees make mistakes because they are human. We mess up on the football field. VAR was brought in to assist with that, but things still go wrong because people are still fallible. They were watching a screen in a room when it happened, and they missed it. Although I can see what Klopp is saying, we would also comment on our performance. That needs to be repeated.


According to Klopp, Liverpool’s circumstance is “unprecedented” because the goal was initially supposed to be awarded before an amazing instance of miscommunication. Before Sunday’s match at the Amex against Liverpool, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi remarked, “I didn’t observe the scenario so I can’t say anything. But because we play Liverpool on Sunday, I hope the referee for the following game doesn’t feel any additional pressure.




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