Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has dissected the big flashpoints from the weekend’s events, with a slew of controversial penalty calls featuring the top four on the agenda…
Man City 1-0 Wolves
incident: Man City awards a penalty after Bernardo Silva’s cross hit Joao Moutinho’s armpit, while John Moss and the video assistant referee issued the ball to hit enough of the midfielder’s arm.
Dermot’s rule: I can understand Jon Moss giving it away because he sees his arm in the air and sees how tight it is on his arm. I already predicted when I went to the VAR [Andre Marriner] He would be flipped over, but I think they felt like he touched his arm. I wasn’t convinced, I thought she hit him in the ribs and if he hit his arm he would hit him in the sleeve under him.
For me, it wasn’t a penalty, but the VAR felt there was a chance to hit his arms and they agreed with the referee’s decision.
Stephen Warnock: This really pissed me off, this is a disappointing decision because to me, it’s obviously hitting his ribs and resulting in, and if he hits his arm at some point, it’s way off the ribs on the arm.
But we can’t even see if it goes to the arm or the sleeve line and I was shocked when it wasn’t flipped, I couldn’t believe it. We’re talking about the clear and the obvious – well, it’s not clear that he hurt his arm.
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa
incident: Liverpool are awarded a penalty kick after Tyrone Mings hits Mohamed Salah in the penalty area.
Dermot’s rule: He was clumsy, stalking him and arresting him and in this case I don’t see the verdict. [Stuart Attwell] No option other than awarding a penalty.
He doesn’t get the ball, he’s clumsy, and here’s a tangle of legs – he can give it to either one (wrong), but to me, it’s just a clumsy interference and once you commit to a tackle like that, you have to get the ball.
And it’s pretty clear he didn’t get the ball, so the referee is giving me a penalty right.
incident: Alisson drops Danny Ings, but no penalty was awarded.
Dermot’s rule: two things – is [Alisson] Definitely touches the ball and at this point, Injes is already struggling and falls, so no penalty.
Stephen Warnock: I thought it was a penalty and Alison knew he made a mistake and so he tried to correct the situation and as soon as you make one mistake you make another.
Chelsea 3-2 Leeds United
incident: Leeds won with a penalty after Marcos Alonso’s Daniel James fouled in the penalty area.
Dermot’s rule: Highest score to judge [Chris Kavanagh] Here as I initially thought this was a block save, but James gets there first and plays the ball through Alonso’s legs and the chicken gets fouled.
incident: Ravenha kicks Antonio Rudiger inside the penalty area and after the VAR review, a penalty is awarded to Chelsea.
Dermot’s rule: It’s a scissors treatment and he gets it with his second foot, a back leg, and that’s what VAR Mike Dean sees that Chris Kavanagh doesn’t do, but cleans it up.
incident: Mateusz Klich jumps at the back of Rudiger and Chelsea is awarded a second penalty.
Dermot’s rule: It’s a penalty. There is no need to do the intervention, Rudiger does what he has to do, he switches between the player and the ball and the player passes behind him, it’s a mistake.
Stephen Warnock: If it’s on the other end, they understand [Leeds] You don’t get it at Stamford Bridge, 100 per cent don’t get it. A 6’4″ player should not go down this way and she will contact you when a ball enters the penalty area like that.
But going down the way he did, that was poor.
Burnley 0-0 West Ham
incident: West Ham manager David Moyes was furious after West Ham were not awarded a penalty when Craig Dawson fell to Dwight McNeill, but although the VAR took a closer look, the decision remained with the referee on the pitch.
Dermot’s rule: It all goes back to the VAR where Graham Scott couldn’t provide because there was no way he could see this crowd of players, so he was brought up to the VAR. [Jon Moss], who looks at it. I thought the VAR would award a penalty, but they felt it didn’t meet the minimum.
he [McNeil] He is very lucky not to be awarded a penalty against him.