David Coote was officiating Aston Villa’s win at Brighton on Saturday, with Martin Atkinson in the VAR room. The roles were reversed between the duo when Liverpool recorded a draw at Old Trafford.

Both Liverpool and Aston Villa were on the end of some controversial VAR calls over the weekend, with David Coote and Martin Atkinson officiating both games. 

During Villa’s win against Brighton, Coote was the on-field referee as he wrongly gave a foul to the away team which led to Brighton opening the scoring, and then later on in the game, Atkinson, who was on VAR duty, ruled out Conor Hourihane’s goal for a foul on the goalkeeper. 

That last decision didn’t sit well with the Villa fans, who weren’t too surprised to see that the two officials were once again in the middle of a VAR storm whilst they were officiating Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United. 

Divock Origi felt that he should have been awarded a foul in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal, and when VAR checked the incident, Coote, who had swapped roles from yesterday’s game at Villa, decided against overturning his more senior colleague on the field. 

The Villa fans weren’t surprised to see all of this unfold at Anfield, as both officials showcased their incompetence once again whilst managing a Premier League game. 

Whilst it didn’t end up costing Villa the points, it did from Liverpool’s perspective, who despite performing poorly on the day, will feel that VAR was well and truly against them on Sunday. 

The fact that both officials were involved in the biggest and most controversial talking points of the weekend just perhaps shows what type of job they were doing. 

Villa fans weren’t pleased with the decisions that were made during their game, and Liverpool supporters felt the same 24 hours later. 

Here is a selection of Villa fans reacting to Coote’s VAR calls at Old Trafford: 

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