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04th Mar 2024

Paul Tierney removed from refereeing duties following Nottingham Forest v Liverpool mistake

Nina McLaughlin

Paul Tierney has been removed from refereeing duties after making a mistake during the Nottingham Forest v Liverpool game.

The referee was slammed for giving the ball to Liverpool goalie Caoimhin Kelleher after play was paused due to a head injury, despite Forest having had posession.

Darwin Nunez then went on to score a header, making the Reds go one up in the 99th minute and giving them the all important three points in the title race.

Understandably, Forest fans were left fuming, but it seems their anger has come to bite Tierney on his backside.

Tierney has not been selected as a referee in the next round of Premier League matches, but he will act as the video assistant referee (VAR) for Arsenal v Brentford on Saturday.

Forest referee analyst Mark Clattenburg, who officiated in the Premier League for 13 years between 2004 and 2017, criticised Tierney’s decision.

“When [the ball was] given to the keeper, with Liverpool scoring afterwards, you can see why [Forest] are aggrieved,” said Clattenburg.

“I haven’t spoken to the referee – I’ll leave that to the club. I went to go into the referee’s dressing room [after the game] but he wouldn’t allow it.”

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