Liverpool's incredible 4-3 win over Fulham was full of drama, but little of it related to officiating incidents. There was a wait as VAR uncontroversially reinstated a goal for the visitor, while the two teams saw a strike apiece correctly chalked off, but the referee and his team ultimately reached all of the right decisions — with the phenomenal theater coming purely from the game itself.

There have been suggestions in some quarters that Liverpool might have had its late winner ruled out, with Kostas Tsimikas challenging strongly for a header in the immediate lead-up. But his duel with Bobby Decordova-Reid was almost a mirror image of the one that played out at the other end when Fulham took the lead (incredibly, just eight minutes previously), and any debate over either call feels manufactured.

By contrast, the rest of the Premier League saw plenty of referee drama. In an incident which The Athletic erroneously compared to the Luis Díaz incident — for the last time, Liverpool was robbed of a goal the officials agreed at the time was entirely valid, and therefore all subjective mistakes are entirely different — Manchester City was denied a late chance to win the game against Spurs when Simon Hooper failed to play advantage as Jack Grealish ran through.

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Meanwhile, there were plenty of talking points as Chelsea held on for a 3-2 win over Brighton. Between a red card, a penalty awarded by VAR and another ruled out by it, there was a lot going on — and one clear error was made.

Here, takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs. Not for the first time this season, officiating dominates the agenda.

Liverpool appointment unchanged after Man City incident

Despite the controversy against Manchester City, Hooper will not be removed from his midweek assignment. That just so happens to be Liverpool's trip to Sheffield United.

Hooper has been stood down once this season, after incorrectly failing to award a penalty when André Onana clattered Sasa Kalajdzic of Wolves in the box. But per Sky Sports, he will remain on duty this time, although it has been accepted that stopping the advantage prematurely was 'human error'.

Sheffield United look set to be without Paul Heckingbottom in the dugout as he becomes the first managerial casualty of the season (BBC). With away form having been an issue this season, Liverpool will hope to navigate any potential new manager bounce, with a return for Chris Wilder considered likely.

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Nike says: The decision over whether or not a referee is removed seems to be fairly arbitrary at this stage. In truth, rarely does there seem to be much point to it, unless the official in question clearly needs some time out of the spotlight for their own good.

Manchester City fans may feel the need for some sort of 'punishment', but it doesn't bring the points back. Trust Liverpool on that one, after the categorically worse Díaz mistake.

Darren England was removed from all Reds games until the end of the season after that — and club-specific calls like this make a little more sense, helping referees avoid almost unbearable levels of pressure and scrutiny. But Liverpool will presumably not have any objections to Hooper remaining in charge. He's no more or less likely than any other official to make a subjective error on the day.

Protocol to be clarified after Chelsea mistake

It's not often a team with 10 men is left grateful to the officials, but that's the position Chelsea was in against Brighton. It lost Conor Gallagher to a red card on the brink of half-time, but later benefited from a VAR-awarded penalty and then an overturned spot kick for the visitor deep into stoppage time.

The penalty awarded against James Milner was controversial, with the 'clear and obvious' standard for intervention not necessarily met. But the one clear error came in the final incident.

The correct primary decision was made, with a handball call against Levi Colwill overturned after replays showed the ball struck him in the face. But after the overturn, Craig Pawson gave a drop ball to Chelsea, rather than awarding Brighton the corner it should have had.

Dale Johnson explained the mistake in his ESPN VAR review: "As the ball had already gone behind before the whistle was blown to stop play, Pawson should have restarted with a corner kick to Brighton after he had overturned his decision at the monitor. Instead, play got back underway with a dropped ball to Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sánchez, which is the correct protocol if the penalty had been awarded with the ball still in play — which is usually the case.

"Protocol over the correct restart in these circumstances will no doubt be reconfirmed to all officials." says: Brighton will be very disappointed to have been denied a late chance to get the ball into the Chelsea box, with the 10-man host severely rocked by this point. It's a fairly obscure piece of law, but Pawson should have done better.

Clarification to the officials seems like a sensible next step. It's not a situation which will arise all that often, but that doesn't mean it isn't important.