Jordan Pickford will not be punished for heavy challenge on Virgil Van Dijk

Jordan Pickford will not be punished for heavy challenge on Virgil Van Dijk

- Jordan Pickford was in goal during Everton’s 2-2 draw with Premier League reigning champions Liverpool

- The goalkeeper was involved in a clash that saw Virgil van Dijk damage his cruciate ligament

- English FA has stated that the Everton shot-stopper will not be punished

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Jordan Pickford will not be punished following the incident that saw Virgil van Dijk damage his cruciate ligament during Everton vs Liverpool Premier League clash which ended 2-2 on Saturday, October 17, according to BBC Sports.

The English FA has stated that there won’t be further review of the incident as it has been determined following a consultation with the match officials.

The Liverpool defender and the Everton goalkeeper were caught in the web clashing in the danger area during the first half of the game as Van Dijk was forced off.

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As the player was being treated, the VAR noted it was checking for a 'possible penalty'. In the end, it could not have been a penalty because Van Dijk was offside.

Referee Michael Oliver gave a free-kick to Everton, Van Dijk left the pitch and the game carried on.

And he could be out for the most part of the 2020-21 season which could, in turn, have a toll on how Jurgen Klopp lines up going forward.

Jordan Pickford challenge on Virgil Van Dijk will not bring retrospective punishment
Jordan Pickford wont be punished for challenge on Van Dijk. Photo: John Powell
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Give Me Sport reports that the Dutchman has undergone a scan after the game and it was discovered that he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.

And neither the centre referee Michael Oliver nor VAR saw the need to punish the goalkeeper, and now the FA has said there is no cause for alarm.

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias said afterwards that the FA's disciplinary process was "not fit for purpose".

A goal each from Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin cancelled out Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah's strikes as they both shared the spoils after the regulation period as it ended 2-2.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Bruno Fernandes for the first time missed his spot-kick for Man United and the Portuguese star has congratulated Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow for his heroics.

Man United defeated Newcastle by 4-1 at Saint James' Park but the midfielder had his 11th effort from a penalty saved by the Welsh shot-stopper.

Fernandes has scored all of his ten spot-kicks for the Red Devils since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January 2019.

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