The Football Association has confirmed that the 1988/89 Barclays Football League Division One title will be awarded to Liverpool after the club submitted a historic VAR appeal over Michael Thomas’ winner.
After detailed analysis of the match footage, it was decided that ITV’s commentator Brian Moore screamed ‘It’s up for grabs now!’ so loudly with the Arsenal striker bearing down on goal that the Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar would have been distracted and therefore allowed the ball to go past him.
With that goal chalked off, Arsenal would have only won the game 1-0 – a scoreline that would have seen the title heading to Anfield on goal difference.
It is now thought that similar appeals are being prepared by the club which could see their 20th Century trophy haul reach three figures.
An FA spokesperson said, ‘Alan Smith’s opener may be cancelled as well.’
‘Unless he can provide forensic evidence from his forehead to confirm that he made contact with the indirect free kick, such as a DNA swab to show fibers from the ball, we will have no choice but to adjust the scoreline to 0-0.’
‘We are also assessing footage to see if Steven Gerrard slipped on a well-known Anfield mole called Barry when Demba Ba nicked the ball off him.’