The Brazilian strayed off with a curious part of his anatomy to rob the visitors of the chance to equalise at Villa Park
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino’s armpit fell foul of the offside law on Saturday as his goal against Aston Villa was overruled in the most marginal of calls thanks to VAR.
The Brazilian had appeared to level at Villa Park after Trezeguet had given the hosts a shock lead early on.
But the linesman’s flag went up as he finished, and the decision was referred to the video officials to have the final say.
Firmino looked to be level, with perhaps a fraction of his body beyond the last defender, but that was enough to call play back and maintain Villa’s lead going into half time.
The Premier League attempted to quell the inevitable criticisms with a tweet explaining why Liverpool’s equaliser had been overturned.
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Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was flagged offside before putting the round ball in the net against Aston Villa and the decision was confirmed by VAR
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 2, 2019
“The red line signifies Firmino and was aligned to his armpit, which was marginally ahead of the last Villa defender,” the governing body clarified as they showed the VAR decision in detail.
But it was not enough to stop the onslaught of critics, most of whom believed the goal should have stood.
Firmino has had a goal disallowed for offside. He wasn’t offside but VAR decided he was offside. When it comes to VAR I’m now offside.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 2, 2019
Firmino’s nipple, or something, deemed offside by an inconclusive VAR graphic. VAR will surely improve but at the moment it seems so pedantic and imperfect.
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) November 2, 2019
Villa goal rightly given by VAR. Was level. But Firmino also level – goal ruled out by Martin Atkinson playing with the lines arbitrarily like the dick he has been. Mané clipped in the box, fat old referee miles away books him. Salah grabbed round neck in the box, ignored as ever.
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) November 2, 2019
Firmino’s nasal hair was offside there. A clear advantage for Liverpool.
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) November 2, 2019
It’s about time Firmino got penalised for the way he swings his armpit around. It’s gonna kill someone one day. https://t.co/ihGFKet0Ac
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 2, 2019
Firmino goal ruled out because his arm, which you cannot score with, was offside. Did the rules change? #LFC
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) November 2, 2019
😂 “I remember scoring lots of goals like that, with my armpit.”
Dion Dublin can’t see why Roberto Firmino’s goal was ruled out.
Final Score, BBC One 📺 pic.twitter.com/MwXUARpZcZ
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 2, 2019