‘The game’s gone mad’: Roy Keane slams decision to rule out Roberto Firmino’s strike for Virgil van Dijk’s challenge on David de Gea, as Graeme Souness insists Dutchman’s challenge was ‘honest’

  • Roy Keane has claimed ‘the game’s gone mad’ after Liverpool’s disallowed goal 
  • Virgil van Dijk contested a high ball with David De Gea and a foul was given
  • Graeme Souness agreed with the former United man and said it was ‘honest’ 

Roy Keane has had his say on the incident that led to Roberto Firmino’s first half strike being disallowed at Anfield against Manchester United. 

The Brazilian had seemingly doubled Liverpool‘s lead just after Virgil van Dijk and David De Gea had contested for a high ball. However, despite the celebrations the goal was scratched off after a VAR review determined that the Dutch defender had fouled the United goalkeeper. 

‘It was a huge turning point,’ said Keane at half-time of the match on Sky Sports. 

Roy Keane has claimed 'the game's gone mad' after Roberto Firmino's goal was disallowed

Roy Keane has claimed ‘the game’s gone mad’ after Roberto Firmino’s goal was disallowed

A VAR check declared that Virgil van Dijk had fouled Manchester United keeper David De Gea

A VAR check declared that Virgil van Dijk had fouled Manchester United keeper David De Gea

The challenge split opinion in the Sky Sports studio as van Dijk barely touches the keeper

The challenge split opinion in the Sky Sports studio as van Dijk barely touches the keeper

‘Why he’s disallowed this goal is beyond me. I can’t get my head around it. He’s got his eye on the ball De Gea’s done this before, I think there’s a softness to him. The game’s gone mad.’ 

Fellow pundit Graeme Souness also chimed in after former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra believed the foul was the right decision. 

Evra told Keane and Souness: ‘It’s a foul. He’s touching De Gea with his head.’

Graeme Souness agreed with Roy Keane and called the challenge from the Dutchman 'honest'

Graeme Souness agreed with Roy Keane and called the challenge from the Dutchman ‘honest’

Souness challenged the Frenchman and said: ‘He’s never looked at the goalkeeper, he’s got his eyes on the ball.   

‘Under no circumstances is that a foul. If you’re talking about VAR as some sort of magnificent computer that’s perfect in every way, it’s human error and they don’t know what they’re doing, that’s the bottom line. 

It’s laughable. How much more honest could he be in his challenge.’ 

Liverpool failed to extend their lead during the rest of the first half and had a second goal disallowed for offside. Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum strayed just offside before poking the ball past the Spaniard in the United goal.  



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