West Bromwich Albion did well to get a point on the weekend after Semi Ajayi was sent off in the first half. However, former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes that the Baggies got lucky with one other call.
Halsey discusses Premier League clash
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern about the incident in the match where Burnley thought they should have had a penalty as Kyle Bartley seemed to handle the ball, Halsey said:
“I think West Brom got away with one there. I thought was a penalty, I thought it was a deliberate act, a deliberate movement of the arm towards the ball. If he keeps his arm down by side and it hits his arm, it’s not going to be a penalty because his arm would be in a natural position, but his arm moved out and it was in an unnatural position.
“I wouldn’t criticise Mike Riley in that situation because if you look, his view is blocked. VAR didn’t think it was a clear and obvious error, but everyone’s saying West Brom were lucky to get away with that and I agree, I think Burnley can feel unlucky that they didn’t get a penalty in that situation.”
It was a big moment in the match
Handball decisions always seems to split many pundits in the footballing world, so the decision in the match isn’t an easy one to make. At the end of the day, VAR has been brought in to help make a difference when it comes to these decisions but it still seems to be causing more issues than it’s solving.
West Brom, like most teams, have been on the wrong end of VAR calls this season, but it does look like they may have escaped one in this instance. However, whilst the Baggies were lucky to get away with the decision, they definitely did enough with ten men to earn a vital draw in their relegation battle.
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