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Howard Webb admits Forest should have had penalty in controversial Everton defeat

SoccerNews in English Premier League 1 May 2024

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Howard Webb admitted officials got one of the big decisions wrong in Nottingham Forest’s controversial Premier League defeat to Everton this month.

Forest were beaten 2-0 at Goodison Park on April 21 but were left fuming that referee Anthony Taylor did not award a penalty despite three separate calls involving Ashley Young.

Following the game, Forest released a controversial statement on the social media platform X – formerly Twitter – that hinted at the fact VAR Stuart Attwell was a fan of relegation rivals Luton Town and should not have been involved in the game.

Webb was speaking about the incidents on the Mic’d Up TV programme and claimed that while the first decisions were “really subjective calls”, the third one , which saw Young challenge Callum Hudson-Odoi, should have resulted in a penalty for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.

“The referee waves away the penalty appeal. The VAR looks at it and asks himself the question, ‘Was the non-award clearly and obviously wrong?’ and came to the conclusion it wasn’t,” Webb said.

“He doesn’t see a clear action by Young that he considers to be worthy of intervention, one that reaches the threshold of being very clear.

“But we would have preferred an intervention for the referee to go to the screen to make a judgement for himself in this situation and probably would have come out with a different outcome if that would’ve happened.”

“The game is played by human beings, it’s officiated by human beings. And obviously our job is to try to ensure that we have a positive impact on the game by identifying correct decisions on the field. This wasn’t one.

“But of course they’re humans making judgements as well, so we always are trying to reduce the number of errors that we that we make.”

Webb also said referee Michael Oliver will have been “really disappointed” to have not originally spotted a foul by Declan Rice on Ben Davies as Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-2 in the North London derby on Sunday, with a VAR intervention eventually awarding a spot-kick.

“I know Michael [Oliver] will be really disappointed,” added Webb.

“He had a really good game. He’s one of our top referees and one of the top referees in the world.”

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