Keith Hackett has claimed that Newcastle United should have been given a penalty away at Liverpool in their 1-1 draw on Saturday lunchtime.
Callum Wilson was denied a late goal for his handball in the build-up after a check by VAR, but Hackett thinks that they missed a foul in the penalty box by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the lead up to that finish, which the VAR did not decide to look at.
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Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League referee Hackett believes that a penalty should have been given to the St. James’ Park faithful:
“This is a definite penalty.
“Alexander-Arnold’s done enough to foul him.
“I think they were very unlucky that they didn’t get a penalty kick and very unlucky that it wasn’t reviewed [by VAR].
“It wouldn’t have been a red card. Alexander-Arnold’s committed the offence and Ozan Kabak was on hand.
“It’s a penalty kick. He got away with one.”
Newcastle unlucky with VAR
The North East club could certainly have felt hard done by not just for the goal by Wilson that was disallowed, but the fact that it was not brought back for a penalty as well.
At 1-0 that could have been vital, and luckily Joe Willock came up with the goods in added time to earn the Tyneside club a point in the end.
Nonetheless, it could have potentially been three points for the Magpies, which would have all but guaranteed them safety in the top flight for at least another season, and secured them a rare win at Anfield.
Steve Bruce’s team will surely be thinking that they are safe now, but this is just the latest in a long line of incidents this season which could potentially cost clubs titles, European qualification or survival.
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