Ex-Premier League referee 'amazed' Tottenham controversy was missed by Taylor
Keith Hackett has admitted he was “amazed” it took a VAR review to award Leicester City their first penalty against Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee then criticised Davinson Sanchez for his naive play that led to Leicester’s second penalty of the game.
After 18 minutes, Toby Alderweireld tripped Jamie Vardy with his trailing leg but a spot-kick was only awarded when Anthony Taylor reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor.
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Then seven minutes into the second half, Sanchez came across Vardy who went to the ground easily before being awarded a penalty.
Vardy scored both penalties but it was not enough as Tottenham ran out 4-2 winners and crushed Leicester’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
“I think one the one that he didn’t give then VAR came in, crikey, I was somewhat amazed that he didn’t see it,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“The second one is a foul. I don’t have any disagreement that Vardy has bought the decision.
“What I’d say to Sanchez is ‘You’re putting your hand out, you’re committing an offence.’ What players have got to understand is even by doing that they’re unfairly impeding and that’s a foul and therefore a penalty kick.
“Vardy’s clever. This shows why Patrick Bamford who had a bigger offence against him during the week [in Leeds v Southampton] and wasn’t awarded a penalty kick. I looked at that and thought ‘Crikey, Bamford stayed on his feet and wasn’t awarded a penalty and if Vardy stayed on his feet he wouldn’t have been awarded a penalty.’
“Vardy played for a penalty kick. He initiated contact. As a result, the difficulty for Taylor on the field is that VAR could actually clarify.”