‘The referee stated it wasn’t a penalty’: Fulham left fuming after official admits to expensive mistake in Liverpool recreation
Fulham have been left aggrieved throughout their 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night time, after it has been claimed that referee Stuart Atwell admitted to creating a game-changing mistake to a Fulham participant.
Liverpool have been awarded a penalty within the thirty eighth minute of the sport when Issa Diop was adjudged to have fouled Darwin Nunez within the field. Replays prompt the centre-back did not make contact with Nunez, however VAR did not decide that Stuart Atwell had made a transparent and apparent error.
Mo Salah stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick, however within the second half Fulham captain Tom Cairney claims Atwell informed one in every of his team-mates that he had made a mistake.
“I believed we performed very effectively at instances, however to lose to a penalty that wasn’t a penalty is all the time a kick within the you-know-what’s,” Cairney stated.
“On the time, I wasn’t certain [if it was a penalty]. The ref decided, I believed he’d seen contact. I requested him on the pitch, ‘please simply make certain they [VAR] examine it.’
“He stated they checked it, however he stated second half to one in every of our gamers that it wasn’t a penalty, so it’s irritating as a result of it goes to different individuals to make the proper resolution,” he added.
“Issa Diop hasn’t touched him, Nunez has taken one other step after which gone over, and then you definitely lose to one thing like that at Anfield which is irritating after we’re attempting to climb as excessive as we are able to.”
The outcome leaves Fulham in no-man’s land within the Premier League desk, with Brentford a spot above however 5 factors forward, whereas Crystal Palace are the aspect beneath them but in addition with a five-point hole.
The Londoners are tenth general, having collected 45 factors this season. With 4 video games to go, Cairney appears focussed on ending above shut rivals Chelsea.
“If we stated we’d be above Chelsea after 34 video games at first of the season, individuals wouldn’t have believed us. We’re within the prime half, and we should be.”