Law explains why Pickford was not sent off for Van Dijk horror tackle

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Jordan Pickford avoided a red card for his tackle on Virgil van Dijk due to a technicality in the laws of the game, according to a law expert.

The Everton goalkeeper was saved from a dismissal and giving away a penalty after a horror lunge on the Liverpool star during Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Pickford's challenge was so bad that it forced the Dutch defender of with a knee injury.

But questions were immediately asked by fans about how the tackle could not have been given as a red card.

Van Dijk was adjudged to be offside by the linesman – as confirmed by VAR – meaning that a 'serious foul play' red card could not be given, according to ESPN pundit and law expert Dale Johnson.

In his wording, a red card could still have been given for 'violent conduct', but as it as a tackle, albeit a bad one, it does not qualify as such.

It means that Van Dijk's offside saved Everton from going a man down – and conceding a penalty.

More to follow.

  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Liverpool FC
  • Everton FC
  • Premier League

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