VAR should have intervened against Everton: Webb

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) should have intervened to recommend a penalty review in Nottingham Forest’s controversial 2-0 Premier League defeat to Everton earlier this month, referees body (PGMOL) chief Howard Webb has said.

Webb said VAR Stuart Attwell should have recommended the review which would likely have resulted in a penalty being awarded to Forest after Everton fullback Ashley Young challenged winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the second half.

Relegation-threatened Forest were left furious after being denied three penalty claims at Goodison Park on 21 April, all against Young.

The Midlands side issued a strongly worded statement just minutes after the game on social media platform X, accusing Attwell of being a fan of Luton Town, Forest’s relegation rivals.

The league said it was “extremely disappointed” to read the comments made by Forest and that an investigation into the club’s statement is being conducted by them and the Football Association (FA).

Young had clipped the foot of Gio Reyna in the penalty area in the first half, while the ball also struck his arm as he tried to block a cross.

Webb said that those two penalty shouts by Forest were “really subjective calls”, but the third incident, the challenge on Hudson-Odoi, should have led to a spot kick for the visitors.

“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 on Match Officials Mic’d Up TV programme.

“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.”

A day after the game, Forest submitted a formal request to the PGMOL to make the audio recordings between officials during the match public – SuperSport

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