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Ref Watch: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold should have seen red in loss to Everton – Dermot Gallagher

In the most recent version of Ref Watch, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher assesses the important thing incidents from the weekend’s video games, together with a contentious second in the Merseyside derby and an incident at Craven Cottage that left Graeme Souness fuming.

Liverpool 0-2 Everton

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Graeme Souness says that not one skilled footballer would have given the penalty that was awarded to Everton after Dominic Calvert-Lewin fell over Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Liverpool penalty space

INCIDENT: Everton are awarded a late penalty when Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is adjudged to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Gylfi Sigurdsson converts the spot-kick to seal a historic Merseyside derby victory for the guests.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton’s win over Liverpool in the Premier League

DERMOT’S VERDICT: I assumed it was a penalty. I feel Trent Alexander-Arnold impedes him; he hooks his leg up as effectively. Calvert-Lewin is previous Alisson – Nat Phillips is a red herring as a result of he is behind Alexander-Arnold when the deal with is made. Once Chris Kavanagh provides the penalty, he has to ship him off however due to the method of him going throughout [to the pitchside monitor] and VAR feeling there was a doubt concerning the penalty, I feel it obtained misplaced in the method concerning the sanction to comply with. Penalty and red card? Yes. They centered on the penalty, quite than: ‘Is it a penalty and should a sanction comply with?’

Fulham 1-0 Sheffield United


Graeme Souness was scathing in his opinion of referees in the Premier League after seeing Alphonse Areola’s problem on Jayden Bogle go unpunished, which the pundit known as ‘an assault’

INCIDENT: Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola clatters into Sheffield United’s Jayden Bogle whereas making an attempt to clear the ball. Blades boss Chris Wilder known as the deal with “reckless”, whereas Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness was livid that the incident went unpunished.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: This was probably the most-talked incident of the weekend. When I noticed it, I assumed the goalkeeper obtained the ball first – he then catches Bogle. He does get quite a lot of the ball and I feel that is why it is troublesome to give the penalty. He’s making an attempt to block the ball as a goalkeeper, not making an attempt to win it. The on-subject resolution was no penalty; you have a look at that as a VAR, you see he will get a lot of the ball, I do not suppose he can reverse that.

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Chris Wilder was very disenchanted that his facet weren’t awarded a penalty for Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s reckless’ problem on Jayden Bogle in their 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage

Asked about John Lundstram’s dismissal at Brighton for a deal with in which he initially obtained the ball, Dermot added: “You have to take every case by itself advantage. Lundstram was tackling for the ball and had come a great distance. Areola would not make a deal with – he makes a block. I feel there’s a lot of the ball, in the event that they gave a penalty, we might be having the other argument.

Man Utd 3-1 Newcastle

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle


FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Newcastle in the Premier League

INCIDENT: Manchester United are awarded a penalty when Marcus Rashford falls underneath Joe Willock’s problem.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: I feel that is what we name a ‘fashionable-day penalty’. From what we have seen in the Premier League this season, they’ve determined if there’s contact on the foot, they’re going to give a penalty. That’s why, 25 rounds in, we have already had extra penalties than another season earlier than. We speak about consistency – they have been constant.

INCIDENT: Harry Maguire sends Jamaal Lascelles tumbling in the field simply three minutes into the sport. No motion is taken.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: I feel nothing [should happen]. The defender is obstructing off. I feel the referee is targeted on the goalkeeper however the VAR checked that incident in play and felt the identical, that Maguire was blocking Lascelles as defenders do in the penalty space. I feel ‘play on’ was the fitting resolution.

Burnley 0-0 West Brom

Mike Dean shows a red card to Semi Ajayi
Mike Dean reveals a red card to Semi Ajayi

INCIDENT: West Brom’s Semi Ajayi is shipped off in the primary half for a handball adjudged to have denied a transparent goalscoring alternative.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: I feel Ajayi knew he was crushed; as soon as the ball goes previous him, Vydra’s away. He flicks his hand out, takes an opportunity. Mike Dean’s view was utterly blocked by Vydra and Michael Oliver, the VAR, checked that in-play. As quickly because the ball went out for a throw-in, Mike Dean was referred to the display screen. He went throughout, noticed the handball and gave the red card appropriately.

Semi Ajayi was sent off for handball deemed to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity
Semi Ajayi was despatched off for handball deemed to have denied a transparent goalscoring alternative

INCIDENT: Burnley gamers attraction for a penalty when the ball hits Kyle Bartley’s arm.

DERMOT’S VERDICT: I feel this was an error of judgement. I feel they’ve checked out it too analytically. I feel it is a penalty and there are a couple of good clues. When the ball bounces in entrance of Josh Brownhill and Bartley, Bartley’s arms are by his facet. He places his arms out, it bounces up and strikes him. I feel it is just like the Matty Cash one a couple of weeks in the past. If you have your arms that huge, you run the chance.

It was unbelievable to have Mike Dean again. This is a man who has refereed greater than 500 Premier League video games and people are video games on the prime of the Premier League. It reveals his longevity and he makes so few errors. That’s why when he makes a mistake, it will get talked about as a result of it is not commonplace.

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