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VAR official named for 2nd Liverpool game in a row – despite Mac Allister red

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The officials for Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle have been named and despite involvement in Alexis Mac Allister‘s red card, Constantine Hatzidakis has, again, been appointed as assistant VAR.

Finding an official who has not been involved in any controversy where Liverpool are concerned becomes increasingly harder every week, and we won’t be the only club thinking that way.

But on Sunday, an official involved in the bizarre decision to confirm Mac Allister’s red card has been appointed to oversee the Reds for the second game in a row.

Hatzidakis was assistant VAR to Paul Tierney against Bournemouth, with the pair finding no clear and obvious error in referee Thomas Bramall’s decision to show a straight red to Liverpool’s No. 10.

The club swiftly appealed the decision and they will feel they have a strong case to overturn the three-match ban.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2023: Liverpool's Alexis Mac Allister is sent off after a high challenge on Bournemouth's Ryan Christie during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hatzidakis’s appointment comes despite the contentious decision and Liverpool’s appeal, only adding to the dumbfounding start to the season for Premier League officials.

Incidentally, he is also the referee that elbowed Andy Robertson at half-time during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal back in April.

He will be assisting Stuart Attwell on VAR on Sunday, with the pair to support referee John Brooks as he oversees the match at St James’ Park.

Brooks, of course, was the fourth official who Jurgen Klopp celebrated in the face of when he was booked and subsequently banned when Liverpool beat Tottenham in April.

Newcastle vs. Liverpool officials

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 20, 2023: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson speaks with referee John Brooks during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Referee: John Brooks
  • Assistants: Lee Betts, Akil Howson
  • Fourth official: Craig Pawson
  • VAR: Stuart Attwell
  • Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

The referee was also the man in the middle in the last home game of 2022/23, when Cody Gakpo‘s goal was disallowed against Aston Villa and Tyrone Mings avoided a red card for his highboot on the No. 18.

Quite the team for Sunday’s match, then.