Ex-Premier League referee can't believe 'clear and obvious error' missed by VAR in Burnley draw against Norwich
Burnley should have had a penalty in their 0-0 draw with Norwich City, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee was left stunned that VAR operator Craig Pawson did not come in to overturn the on-field decision of Kevin Friend when Tim Krul challenged Matej Vydra from a cross.
Ashley Westwood whipped in a quick free-kick and Krul mistimed his punch and ended up taking Vydra out.
However, calls for a penalty were quickly waved away by Friend.
As quoted by Lancs Live after the game, Sean Dyche admitted he was not surprised his side were not given a spot-kick as their record is “horrendous”.
He also labelled Friend’s performance at Turf Moor as “indifferent”.
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After analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley, Hackett said: “I don’t know what Kevin Friend and the VAR operator were doing.
“This was the goalkeeper coming out, arms outstretched, fists clenched and hit the player smack on. This is no different to a reckless challenge. This was a penalty kick and yellow card to the goalkeeper. It’s not even doubtful.
“The referee’s not seen it and not given it. It’s a clear and obvious error. Do not worry about the lines of demarcation, this is a clear and obvious error. What was Craig Pawson doing not coming in?
“Kevin Friend is usually a safe pair of hands but I don’t think this was a good performance.
“There was a degree of hesitancy around some of his decision making, there was less control. There wasn’t that sharpness that you want from a top-class referee.
“The penalty decision was nailed on.”