Opening day controversy surrounds the referee for Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

The day after making an odd judgment in Man United vs. Brighton, Paul Tierney has been announced as the referee for Liverpool's game against Crystal Palace.

Source: EuroSport

The day after making an odd judgment in Man United vs. Brighton, Paul Tierney has been announced as the referee for Liverpool vs Crystal Palace fixture.

It goes without saying that suspect officiating has also given back with the return of the Premier League.

The group of referees for the new season is also different. This is because Mike Dean, Jonathan Moss, Martin Atkinson, and Kevin Friend have officially made their retirements over the summer.

The 41-year-old from Greater Manchester, Tierney, is currently one of the most prominent referees. And he will be in charge of Liverpool’s opening home match of the season.

Tierney will officiate the Reds’ match against Palace on August 15. And Andre Marriner will be serving as the VAR and Craig Pawson serving as the fourth official, the Premier League announced on Monday.

Their announcement came less than a day after Tierney disallowed an apparent penalty area foul on Brighton striker Danny Welbeck by Man United’s Lisandro Martinez.

Liverpool v Palace game’s referee did a blunder

The Seagulls were leading 2-0 when Martinez took Welbeck down. But they should have been given the chance to make it 3-0. In a subsequent decision, Scott McTominay was fortunate to avoid receiving a second yellow card.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey refers to the two incidences as “obvious blunders.” He stated that “Paul Tierney had an excellent view of both” in an interview with Sussex Live following Brighton’s 2-1 victory.

Of course, Tierney has courted controversy before since, in a way, that is part of the job.

He got harsh criticism for his refereeing of Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham in December. This was specifically for not sending Harry Kane out. But he did send Andy Robertson off for a similar challenge and did not give Diogo Jota a penalty.

Tierney did accuse Jota of drawing the foul in his account of the incident. Despite the fact that the term “foul” was the key phrase.

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