Alan Shearer was unhappy with inconsistencies in refereeing decisions after Abdoulaye Doucour was not awarded a penalty in Everton’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Goodison Park.
The Newcastle United legend used his former club as an example and how Anthony Gordon was awarded a penalty against Brentford yesterday after the opposition goalkeeper, despite trying to avoid him, collided with the winger and caught him out in the area.
Well, Shearer believes a not-too-dissimilar situation occurred between Abdoulaye Doucoure and Arsenal defender William Saliba, with the Everton man bursting into the penalty area before, as he said, going down Premier League Productions (09/17/23 at 5:30 p.m.).
And although the Premier League’s top scorer doesn’t believe it was a penalty for Everton, he couldn’t understand how one penalty could happen at St James’ Park but not another.
There were some protests from the home crowd and Everton players when the incident occurred.
But ultimately the VAR didn’t look at the referee on the pitch to see his decision on the monitor because he was happy with the initial decision.
Penalty scream from Abdoulaye Doucour
“I look at the decision Newcastle made yesterday,” Shearer said. “It was viewed as an inevitable collision (between Gordon and Brentford’s goalkeeper in the penalty area).
“The goalkeeper tried to get out of the way and stopped himself. Very similar to what the defender (Saliba) did there.
“But there is still contact. The consistency you are looking for. I don’t want to see this as a punishment. But one thing is given and one thing is not.”
Referee under fire
Another week and more verbal abuse will be thrown at the on-field referees for their performance.
Sheffield United head coach Paul Heckingbottom didn’t hold back yesterday after his side were beaten in dramatic fashion at Tottenham Hotspur – he even shared the incredible tactical advice he received from the referee at half-time.
Whatever the case, this isn’t going away as the pressure on officials and VAR increases week by week.
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