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EPL: Clattenburg reveals why Oliver, VAR didn’t award Man City penalty in 3-1 loss to Liverpool

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has defined why referee and Video Assistant Referee (VAR), didn’t award Manchester City a penalty for handball, throughout their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Shortly earlier than the Reds took the lead via Fabinho, the ball appeared to strike Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm, however Oliver waved on play.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored additional, as Liverpool prolonged their lead on the prime of the desk.

Clattenburg instructed SportsMail: “VAR and Michael Oliver made the right name in permitting Fabinho’s early aim to stand, though I disagree with the reasoning the Premier League have supplied.

“There have been robust strategies on the time that the hassle ought to be disallowed and a penalty awarded to Manchester City as a result of Trent Alexander-Arnold had dealt with on the different finish moments earlier than the aim.

“Nevertheless, it’s the arm of Manchester City ahead Bernardo Silva that deflects the ball onto Alexander-Arnold and that’s why, for me, play shouldn’t be introduced again.

“If Silva’s arm does not divert the ball, then yes, I believe a penalty should have been awarded as Alexander-Arnold’s arm is in an unnatural position and he is using it to make himself bigger.”



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