By Paul Robinson

16th Nov, 2022 | 5:17am

Aston Villa news: Pundit fumes as controversial Lucas Digne footage analysed - 'it's full blown'

Paul Robinson is adamant Brighton were denied “a stonewall penalty” against Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one claimed Lucas Digne fouled Solly March inside the 18-yard box.

Aston Villa recovered from a goal down to beat Brighton 2-1 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday (13 November).

The Seagulls were angered by the officials decision not to award March a penalty in the second half of the Premier League clash.

As shown on Sky Sports, March went to ground following a challenge from Digne.

Referee Chris Kavanagh did not deem the contact as worthy of a penalty and VAR official Jarred Gillet concurred with his colleague.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the controversial second-half incident, Robinson said: “It was a stonewall penalty.

“This is where VAR falls down. The officials haven’t played the game and do not understand what has gone on.

“The officials have looked at that and gone, ‘He was just trying to kick the ball.’ Yes, he was but Solly March got there before him.

“The ball was nicked away from him. There was full contact. It doesn’t matter that he was going for the ball. March put himself in a position to nick the ball and Digne kicked him.

“It should have been a penalty. It was a full-blown kick to the back of the calf.”

In other news, a finance expert has claimed Aston Villa are ‘likely haemorrhaging cash’ after a £40million reveal.