[ENT] Jordan Pickford sweating over retrospective ban for Virgil van Dijk challenge

Jordan Pickford could still face punishment for his X-rated challenge on Virgil van Dijk.

The Football Association can take retrospective action on incidents which were missed by the referee – and that also extends to the video assistant referee.

That could mean that Everton keeper Pickford could yet get a three game ban if the FA look again after receiving referee Michael Oliver’s report.

It is understood that the VAR – which was being done by David Coote – did look at the incident as a possible penalty but because the video technology ruled it was offside they did not take further action.

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The VAR can only advise on red cards rather than yellows and the double jeopardy rule means it cannot be a penalty and a sending off if the player makes a genuine attempt to play the ball.

Jordan Pickford flies into Virgil van Dijk with an X-rated lunge

There is an acceptance that the VAR should have urged Oliver to go and look at the incident on the screen as the referee is believed to have not been able to see the challenge through a crowd of players.

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But somewhere between the sets of rules and laws, the VAR and Oliver may not have fully studied the possible sending off in isolation and, even though it would be a first since video technology was brought in, the FA could now punish retrospectively if both Oliver and Coote admit they missed it.

The FA will now wait on Oliver’s report before making a decision but they could have that option which comes after Liverpool complained to the Premier League and asked for an explanation on the van Dijk incident and also Jordan Henderson seeing an injury time winner ruled out.

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Premier League chiefs did discuss in February about introducing a “tolerance level” which in the most fine of margins would allow goals to stand as with Henderson.

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But FIFA took over the running of VAR this season and are strict on no tolerance being allowed with the Premier League insistent that they are using the best technology available to them.

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Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero is unlikely to face any FA action despite placing his hand on the shoulder of linesman Sian Massey-Ellis during Manchester City ’s win over Arsenal.

Despite creating a huge amount of criticism on social media, Massey-Ellis is regarded as one of the best and most experienced officials who is unlikely to have been upset by it.

It is also not an offence to touch an official just as long as it is not done in an aggressive manner and the matter is unlikely to go any further.

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