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Frank Lampard Blames Penalty Incident On Chris Kavanagh

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

Everton manager Frank Lampard has blamed the decision not to award his side a penalty in their 0-1 loss to Manchester City on the VAR.

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Frank Lampard was so certain his side were robbed of what they deserved in the bitter loss to the reigning champions.


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Everton had frustrated the Citizens all evening until they got undone by a Phil Foden finish to find themselves behind heading into the closing stages of the match.

Everton would have a strong penalty claim in the 84th minute which could have served as merit for their spirited performance on the night.

Manchester City midfielder Rodri clearly handled the ball in the area with the Everton players quickly surrounding on pitch referee Paul Tierney who left the decision to VAR.

After the usual check from the VAR, Chris Kavanagh in charge of the video technology refused to award a penalty for a glaring handball or send Tierney to the monitor so as to have a proper view of the incident.

Everton fans were dismayed and the decision was so shocking that Rodri himself couldn’t believe he had gone unpunished for the incident.

A furious Frank Lampard didn’t hold back in his criticism of the VAR official as he stated that Paul Tierney knew it was a penalty but waited directive from the VAR. Kavanagh’s decision is said to have been made on the basis that Richarlison had been offside leading to the handball incident.

“The decision is incredible. It’s an incredible decision that loses us the opportunity we deserved. That’s VAR’s call, it’s on Chris Kavanagh. It’s completely on Chris. I’ve spoken to the referees on the day. They know it’s a penalty. My question was: was it offside in the build-up? It wasn’t.

“It’s Chris Kavanagh. The referee couldn’t see it, he was on the other side. That’s fine, it’s one of the reasons we have got VAR to have those second eyes. It wouldn’t have needed more than five seconds to see it was a penalty.

“He either should have told the referee it was a penalty or said to go and look [at the screen]. We have lost a point when we’re fighting for our life because of a professional who can’t do his job right and that’s amazing.

“I’m not waiting for the statement or apology or whatever about when things are wrong. Then you start searching for why. I can’t think why because it’s competence to get it wrong.

“Pep Guardiola and Manchester City fans will know, Everton fans will certainly know, it’s a penalty.”

Everton as a result of the outcome has dropped to 17th on the log with just a point above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile…

Misfiring Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at critics as he again endured a difficult afternoon in front of goal during United’s barren draw at home to Watford.

The Red Devils have been struggling with results and it is telling on even their top scorer who has only found the net just once in the last ten games.

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Many have called for the Portuguese captain to be dropped as he’s not believed to be contributing to the team but he’s now hit back saying he is proud of his current form and all that he has achieved.

“You have to be intelligent and know that at 18, 20 or 25 you are not the same as at 35,” Ronaldo told DAZN.

“That is the maturity, the experience, the intelligence to understand that maybe you lose some things to win others and have balance right to keep competing and be at the highest level.

“That’s not easy, but it seems like it to me, because I show year after year that the numbers speak for themselves.

“I don’t have to tell you that I’m very good, because the numbers are there. The facts are facts, the rest is not. It doesn’t matter at all.

“That’s why I’m very happy with my form, I’m still scoring goals, helping people, teams, both in the national team and at Manchester United and that’s why I want to continue like this.”

Ronaldo has scored fifteen goals in 30 appearances all competitions but just nine of those goals have come in the league.

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