The referee who disallowed Kai Havertz’s goal for Arsenal in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa is a Liverpool supporter, according to Sky Sports. A VAR check verified that Havertz’s goal was disallowed for a handball. Jurgen Klopp’s club is now atop the Premier League table as a result of their loss and Liverpool’s victory over Crystal Palace.
As stated in a widely shared Goal article from 2019, supporters of Arsenal have seen on social media that referee Jarred Gillett is a supporter of Liverpool. Gillett is permitted to officiate games featuring Liverpool’s championship rivals, like as Arsenal, but he is not permitted to officiate Liverpool’s matches.
Liverpool and Manchester City are Arsenal’s main rivals for the 2023-24 Premier League title. Aston Villa has also had a strong start to the season. Arsenal’s upcoming match against Liverpool at Anfield on December 23 is crucial in the title race. Last season, Arsenal came close to winning their first top-flight trophy since 2004 but lost out to Manchester City. In recent years, Liverpool is the only team to have stopped City, who have won five out of the last six Premier League titles.