Pickford to face no retrospective action despite van Dijk injury / Should players be punished more harshly for inflicting long-term injury upon opponents

Pickford to face no retrospective action despite van Dijk injury / Should players be punished more harshly for inflicting long-term injury upon opponents

The injury to Virgil van Dijk has ruled the Dutch defender out for the majority of the season. The 29-year-old sustained the affliction in Liverpool’s Merseyside derby in a collision with Jordan Pickford.

The England goalkeeper clumsily lunged into the defender’s leg in an attempt to put off the centre-back from a possible headed opportunity. The Dutchman was in an offside position and any shot on goal would not have counted. But what did count was the injury sustained in the challenge.

Replaced by Joe Gomez, the England defender partnered Joel Matip in what will likely be new the long-term partnership.

With Alisson also out, Liverpool’s defence looks unstable and likely contributed to dropped points against Everton.

Pickford will not face any retrospective action according the the latest reports.

Is this right?

Since the incident, all manner of propositions and opinions have flooded the football social media world.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has called for stricter retrospective action for players whose challenges cause significant injury.

The idea that a player who causes the long-term injury for an opponent facing a suspension equal to that of the length of absence of the injured player appears farfetched. With many innocuous challenges often causing long-term injury, it would be difficult to implement.

Decision making regarding red cards, penalties and handballs have become very subjective even with VAR present. Were a rule to decide whether a player had the intent to injure an opponent scripted, the game could become even more confusing.

See also: Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Goals, VAR and a red card making fans yearn to return to the stadium

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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