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Webb admits Nottingham Forest denied at least one penalty against Everton


Howard Webb admits Nottingham Forest should have been awarded at least one penalty in their 2-0 Premier League loss to Everton earlier in April.

The Tricky Trees had three appeals waved away by referee Anthony Taylor and VAR official Stuart Attwell did not choose to overturn any of his decisions to the fury of the players and fans.

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PGMOL chief Webb, who is in charge of the developing technology involved in England’s top flight, believes the outcome may have been different had Taylor been sent over to the pitchside monitor, particularly for Young’s challenge on Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Speaking on Match Officials Mic’d Up, he said: “We would have preferred an intervention on this situation for the referee to go to the screen to make a judgement for himself in this situation and probably would have come out with a different outcome if that would’ve happened.

“The first two we felt were really subjective calls. The first one involved some contact from Ashley Young on Gio Reyna.

“There was contact, the referee saw that. We didn’t feel it was impactful enough to penalise…this was one where there was minimal contact.

“The second one was a handball penalty situation. The ball hits Ashley Young’s arm, he’s moving as he tries to close a cross down from short distance and the referee deemed that the arm was in a natural position and the VAR check completed that.

“We thought that both of those situations were in line with our expectations.”

Nottingham Forest released a scathing attack on VAR and Attwell following their defeat to the Toffees, which is being investigated by the FA.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sit one point above the relegation zone and accused the man on VAR of being biased as a Luton Town fan – who sit one place below the Midlands club.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.


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