Hackett: Arsenal could have had penalty v Brentford as controversial incident missed by VAR
Some referees would have awarded Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun a penalty against Brentford – but Michael Oliver ultimately made the right call.
So says ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by the Bees on Friday night.
Arsenal fans appealed for a penalty in the 33rd minute after Rico Henry swatted the ball away from Balogun as he attempted to pivot in the box.
Henry connected with Balogun on the follow-through from his clearance but the incident did not go to a VAR review.
Hackett claims that, while the penalty may have been given on another night, Oliver’s decision was sound.
“I didn’t have any problems with it when I saw it,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“Oliver was a great appointment for this game. You can’t blame the referee for the result.
“The difficulty here is that when you play something in slow motion, it always looks worse.
“The referee only has one view, but he was in a good position and he had a good feel for the game.
“On this occasion, if you’re going to give a penalty kick, you have to be 100 per cent sure.
“There is definitely an element of doubt there. Therefore, he hasn’t given the penalty kick.
“Other referees on a different occasion would have given it, that’s the nature of the game.
“But I don’t there was that intensity or malice in that challenge. I think it was a natural follow-through.“