Man City vs Tottenham VAR precedent justified Joel Matip’s non-penalty vs Newcastle – ESPN

Should Joel Matip have won a penalty vs Newcastle?

Liverpool opened up a five point lead over Man City on Saturday.

After Liverpool came from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1, Man City lost 3-2 at Norwich.

Should Liverpool’s margin of victory have been greater?

After Newcastle took a surprise lead at Anfield through Jetro Willems, the Reds felt they should have a penalty.

Joel Matip was taken out by Jamaal Lascelles in the Magpies box during a corner.

Lascelles grabbed the Liverpool defender around the neck, yet no spot-kick was given.

Jamaal Lascelles vs Joel Matip (1)

Jamaal Lascelles vs Joel Matip (2)

Jamaal Lascelles vs Joel Matip (3)

Jurgen Klopp confirms VAR said ‘no’

After the match, Jurgen Klopp spoke about the Matip incident.

The German manager said:

Was I surprised that it still wasn’t a penalty? Yes. That doesn’t help in situations like this, being surprised.

For me it was a clear penalty. As long as you win then it’s not an issue. If we had lost 1-0 then we would speak differently about it but it is a penalty.

We cannot fight like this for a ball. Joel Matip, there’s a wresting situation and he turns him in the air.

In the past we didn’t need VAR to make this decision, so we shouldn’t have to use it now.

To be clear, at the time of the incident, referee Andre Marriner originally decided that no penalty should be awarded.

As confirmed by the Liverpool Echo, “the subsequent VAR check claimed that the official hadn’t made a clear and obvious error in not awarding the spot kick.”

That’s why VAR didn’t overturn the ref’s call.

Man City vs Tottenham VAR precedent justified non-penalty call

ESPN’s Dale Johnson has also tried to explain why VAR didn’t award Liverpool a penalty against Newcastle.

Dale Johnson remembered another non-penalty decision during the recent match between Man City and Spurs.

Man City fans felt that Erik Lamela should have given away a penalty at the Etihad Stadium when he took out Rodri during a corner.

Rodri vs Erik Lamela: no penalty given

However, when VAR looked at the decision, no penalty was given.

That being the case, one can argue that VAR was actually applied even-handedly, as Matip’s penalty call was waved away.

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