By Keith Hackett

26th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-Premier League official hits back as Smith fumes over Aston Villa controversy

Aston Villa can have no complaints with Arsenal’s second goal in their 3-1 win at the Emirates, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Craig Pawson was right to let Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang score the rebound as his penalty was saved by Emiliano Martinez.

Alexandre Lacazette went down from Matt Targett’s challenge late on in the first half but play continued.

Pawson then blew once before reviewing the footage on the pitchside monitor.

He awarded Arsenal a penalty which Martinez saved but Dean Smith, as quoted by the Sun, questioned why Aubemayang was able to tap in the rebound.

Asked to clarify the situation, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There is a difference between added time, which is played after the 45 minutes, and then extended time, which is allowed if a penalty kick is awarded as the particular half expires.

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“Here is a situation where there are some thinking, because of the time on the clock, the added time, and when the offence takes place and when the kick takes place, that this is now extended time. In extended time, not added time, if a kick is saved then the time immediately ends.

“The sole timekeeper is the referee, this also adds to the confusion. The clarification came when the restart takes place at the halfway line. That is an indication that the whole scenario was in added time and not extended time.

“I’ve got to say, on the face of it, you would go ‘Hang on, can they do it?’. Nobody is saying whether it’s added time or extended time, you’re actually relying on the indicator, going to the halfway line and restarting the game.”

In other news, Newcastle United have set their sights on signing an Aston Villa star in January and £15million will seal the deal.