VAR was out in full-force in the Everton vs Tottenham match yesterday, with a number of key decisions being looked at throughout the game.
Ex-Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, has now given his verdict on three of the biggest decisions in the match as he appeared on Sky Sports‘ Ref Watch (04/11/19 at 10:30 am).
Heung Min Son burst into the box against the Toffees and cut back on the inside to work room for a shot when he appeared to be clipped, sending him to the ground.
No penalty was given and Gallagher agreed with that decision: “I don’t think it is a penalty. Minimal contact, he has lost the opportunity to shoot. It was viewed twice, as a new angle came at the last minute.”
Next up, Dele Alli appeared to strike the ball with his arm when competing for a header with Everton centre-back Yerry Mina, but VAR did not overturn Atkinson’s no penalty decision.
Gallagher said: “It should be a penalty, I must say Martin Atkinson couldn’t see it. I couldn’t see it. But when a replay was made, I thought a penalty should have been given.”
Finally, when Sanchez seemed to cross paths with the Everton attacker, who hit the deck late on in the match, no foul or red card was issued. Gallagher said: “I think this all depends on whether he has clipped the player. I think there is enough doubt not to give a red card.”
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