David Coote taken off VAR duties for Liverpool vs Leicester after Virgil van Dijk incident

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David Coote has been taken off VAR duties for Liverpool against Leicester in mysterious circumstances.

Andre Marriner will instead oversee the match from Stockley Park while Chris Kavanagh remains as the referee.

Instead, Coote will be the referee at Old Trafford for Manchester United's clash against West Brom on Saturday evening.

It comes after Coote came under fire for his role in last month's tempestuous Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Virgil van Dijk suffered a potentially season-ending injury after a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Coote will no longer be the VAR for the clash at Anfield
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Coote failed to intervene despite many calling for a red card against the Toffees shot-stopper as the match finished in a draw.

Liverpool wrote to the Premier League requesting an assessment of the failure to issue Pickford with a red card for the incident.

The Reds were also denied a penalty as Van Dijk had been adjudged to have been in an offside position.

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Van Dijk has since undergone surgery and is facing a battle to play any further part for the remainder of the campaign.

Coote is yet to oversee a Liverpool game and will now not be involved for Sunday's clash at Anfield.

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