Diogo Jota’s wife is very unhappy with the officiating against Tottenham.
Liverpool lost 1-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in the seventh round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) season at 1:30 a.m. ET at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. The loss was Liverpool’s first of the season. 굿모닝토토
The game was marred by controversy. One of the more obvious calls came in the 34th minute. Mohamed Salah played a pass to an incoming Luis Diaz, who beat Guglielmo Vicario with a powerful shot. It was a crucial goal for Diaz, who scored while outnumbered after Curtis Jones was sent off.
However, the referees disallowed the goal because they thought Diaz was offside. It was a mistake. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp openly questioned the officiating in his post-match interview, saying, “I’ve never seen a game with such absurd situations and crazy decisions”.
Shortly after the game, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) released an official statement saying, “We acknowledge that a significant error occurred in the first half between Tottenham and Liverpool,” it said.
“Diaz’s goal was ruled offside by the on-field officials. This was a clear error and the goal should have been awarded through VAR intervention, but it was not. PGMOL will conduct a full review of the circumstances of the error,” said the statement.
Almost as controversial as Diaz’s disallowed goal came in the 23rd minute of the second half. Diogo Jota was cautioned for interfering with a Destiny Udoji counterattack. Only Jota himself knows if it was intentional, but it was enough to warrant a caution as Tottenham’s counterattack was disrupted by his foot.
After receiving his first booking, Zotta was sent off for a second bookable offense for a poor tackle, and Liverpool lost. Some Liverpool fans and Jota’s wife believed that Udoji was simulating the action that led to Jota’s first caution.
Zotta’s wife, Ruth Cardoso, posted PGMOL’s statement on social media, calling it a “rigged match.” The post has since been taken down. She didn’t stop there, posting a video of Udoji tripping over Zota’s foot, expressing her dissatisfaction with the call, saying, “There was a warning for this situation.” She even added a mocking Pierrot emoji.