Former Premier League footballer Matt Jarvis has been speaking on Sky Sports about how some big decisions always go in favour of the big teams when discussing the penalty Everton weren’t awarded at the weekend.
The Toffees saw two penalty appeals go unrewarded by Stuart Attwell or the VAR team, with Anthony Gordon being at the centre of both, and even saw himself pick up a yellow card for his troubles after the referee thought he dived in the first half – something he denied during his post-match interview.
Should Gordon have been awarded a penalty?
Everton would have known it was unlikely they’d get a big result from Anfield against Liverpool given where the two teams are in the league table and their form this season, however, they would have certainly loved to have taken something from the game considering Burnley’s recent renaissance.
Sky Sports had been discussing the decisions that went against Everton, with presenter Flex claiming it was ‘disgusting’ that big calls go in favour of the bigger teams, and Jarvis agreed, as he said: “There is something in that, and Lampard, he’s obviously been in it at the top end anyway, so he knows [how] it goes, how many penalties did he score from it? It’s really difficult and Gordon, I feel sorry for.”
TIF Thoughts on the penalty incident…
Lampard himself commented on the decision by Attwell and the VAR, claiming that if the same had happened on Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, it would have likely been a different outcome – something the FA have now asked him to clarify.
While thinking that decisions go the way of big teams just because of where they are in the table may be wild thinking, there is some evidence to back it up, as Opta has revealed that it has now been 46 games since a penalty was awarded against Liverpool and 24 since Man City faced a spot-kick – the two longest runs in the Premier League.
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