PGMOL chief executive Mike Riley has personally telephoned Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and manager Frank Lampard to apologize following VAR’s decision not to award the club a penalty in Saturday’s game against Man City.
Referee Paul Tierney and VAR referee Chris Kavanagh dismissed Everton’s claims despite the ball clearly hitting City’s Rodri arm.
Everton made a formal complaint to the Premier League on Monday and Sky Sports News was informed that the president and manager both received calls later that day from Riley apologizing for the incident.
Dermot Gallagher told Ref Watch the officials got it wrong, saying: “It’s a penalty, no doubt. I think the VAR inspected it for too long. There are a few angles that may have affected the decision.”
During the weekend’s Premier League game, Rodri appeared to use his arm to control a bouncing ball into the Everton box shortly after Phil Foden put City ahead at Goodison Park, but Tierney missed the incident and Kavanagh opted not to award a place. kick after a long examination.
First-team coach Ashley Cole was shown a yellow card for his protests against Tierney after the final whistle and a furious Lampard expressed his frustrations in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.
“There’s no doubt, there’s probably no doubt,” Lampard said when asked if his team should have been kicked.
“The decision is unbelievable, unbelievable, and it makes us lose the opportunity to get what we deserved.
“It’s a VAR call. It’s Chris Kavanagh, I’ve spoken to the referee and they know it’s a penalty, the question is it’s offside and it wasn’t .
“That’s why we have VAR. It wouldn’t have taken more than five seconds to know it was a penalty. It [Kavanagh] should have either told the ref to give it to him or told him to go see it.
“We lost a point because of a professional who can’t do his job properly. You start looking for whys and I can’t understand why. It’s so incompetent to be wrong.
“Dynamism [Guardiola] will know, Everton fans will know, Man City fans will know, that was the clearest penalty you could give: arm out – great, under sleeve – great, I was waiting for the penalty.
“Incompetence at best, at worst who knows? I’ll wait for the statement or apology they make when things go wrong but it won’t mean anything.”
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Ben Grounds from Sky Sports:
“Rodri’s handball is just the latest in a long list of decisions that have left Everton feeling aggrieved this term. Have benefited more than Everton from overturning VAR-decisions on the pitch last campaign, this term, their luck seems to have run out in just about every way.
“So far, Everton have lost two goals based on VAR interference. Their final gripe is not about the technology but rather the way it was used.
“Only Newcastle (-4) and Norwich (-3) have suffered more VAR knockdowns than the Merseysiders. This unwanted record does not relate to penalty appeals which remain with the referee on the pitch.
“That said, it only adds to a growing sense of unfairness, which dates back to early November when referee Chris Kavanagh pointed the spot when he ruled Hugo Lloris for tripping Richarlison after 63 minutes during a Everton’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham.
“VAR advised the match official to check the pitchside monitor and the original decision was overturned on the grounds that there was conclusive evidence that Lloris had touched the ball.
“If such a mistake were ‘clear and obvious’, Everton would feel equally bewildered later in November when strong penalty calls were turned down after Salomon Rondon’s shirt was pulled by Charlie Goode in the 1-0 defeat. 0 in Brentford.
“There were other instances where a stricter penalty could have been applied, namely Jonjo Shelvey’s challenge to Anthony Gordon in the 3-1 defeat at Newcastle and the appeal not to award a penalty to Oriol Romeu for a potential handball at Southampton earlier this month.
“Kavanagh already had a history of controversy at Goodison Park after ruling out a late winner against Manchester United in March 2020, with Gylfi Sigurdsson said to have been in an offside position and interfering with play despite David de Gea having a Dominic Calvert’s clear vision -Lewin’s shot.
“But this latest puzzling decision overshadows even this borderline decision.”
Dermot: ‘Without a doubt’, it’s a penalty
Speaking on Ref Watch on Sky Sports NewsGallagher said he had “no doubt” it should have been a penalty.
“It’s a penalty, no doubt,” he said. “I think the VAR inspected it for too long. There are a few angles that may have affected the decision.
“I think VAR focused on the first angle first and there was an element of doubt despite the second angle clearly showing it was handball. He was won over by the first angle going into the second corner.
“We can’t change the past. Most people will agree it’s a penalty. I know it won’t help Everton, but we have to learn that if an angle is inconclusive, focus on it. angle that is conclusive. That is the message .
“Paul Tierney looks through the players, he can’t see the incident and Rodri covers it. I think it should have been a VAR decision.”
The 1-0 defeat intensified Everton’s relegation fears, leaving them just one point above the drop zone in 17th place.
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Former Man City defender and Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards:
“Rodri’s face said it all. It’s handball. It’s below the t-shirt line.
“It’s just ridiculous. We’ve talked about VAR so many times and they have so many things correct, but this one they got it wrong, and it cost Everton dearly.
“It’s costing everyone involved in the Premier League. Forget Liverpool for a minute and what they’re doing, Everton need to stay on their feet. If they get a penalty and potentially a point out of the game, it improves their chances.
“How can this not be clear enough evidence? We just have to tell the truth and that’s handball. Chris Kavanagh has a mistake.”
Sky Sports’ Karen Carney:
“For me it was a penalty. The ball then bounces back and there’s a kickback. Rodri reaches out and the ball hits him.
“Obviously there’s the t-shirt line rule which means if it touches the t-shirt it’s not handball, but to me it is. I can’t believe that they didn’t tell the referee ‘go on screen and watch’.
“I can understand why Everton and Everton fans are wronged.”
Sky Sports’ Andy Hinchcliffe:
“We’ll have to see if Paul Tierney actually saw Rodri’s arm and saw the ball. If he didn’t, of course VAR is there. They are constantly assessing the game. It’s their job to then intervene, assess this situation, then make a decision or send it back to the referee to take a look at the monitor.
“It seemed pretty obvious to me that it was a handball. There’s a spin on the ball, Rodri’s arm comes out and he clearly seems to be hitting his arm.
I’m a fan of VAR but on this occasion I don’t understand them saying there’s not enough evidence to see that the ball hit his arm. We just reviewed the photos and it’s obvious. You can also see how guilty Rodri looks. He knows his arm is out and the bullet hit him.
“VAR took their time, there was no rushed decision and I clearly thought they were looking at that and were going to give a handball. It was a handball and they weren’t even sending it back to the arbitrator.”
Hinchcliffe added: “The referee is looking through Rodri’s body. He doesn’t have the best view, but he should rely on his assistants and VAR.”
“That’s what VAR is there for, situations like this where the referee has to ask themselves if they saw it and can they see it. If they can’t see it, VAR steps in and here they should have done their job.”
“They think they did, but we all think it was a handball and Rodri and City got away with one.”