By Keith Hackett

29th Nov, 2021 | 7:49pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Martinelli victim of major injustice as controversial Arsenal footage emerges

Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty in the closing stages of their 2-0 win over Newcastle United, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Jamaal Lascelles should have been punished for his challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.

In the 90th minute, Martinelli was bearing down on goal before Lascelles intervened and forced him to the ground holding his face, as shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

Referee Stuart Attwell waved away Arsenal’s appeals for a spot-kick while a review from VAR operator Darren England did not deem it a clear and obvious error.

Newcastle themselves had two earlier appeals for a penalty but Hackett claimed Arsenal’s was the strongest of the three.

Asked for his assessment after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Hackett said: “That was even clearer than the two Newcastle United appeals.

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“This was a shoulder charge into the upper body from the chest of the Newcastle player.

“They were lucky to get away with it. That was a bit crash and burn, a little bit like skittles, taking him out of the game.

“The whole emphasis is protecting skill. We don’t need strength overcoming skill in that manner, illegally.”

Martinelli was introduced from the bench against Newcastle and scored Arsenal’s second goal – his first of the Premier League campaign.

The Brazilian, 20, has featured in six top-flight games this term but has not been named in the starting XI in the competition since August.

In other news, Arsenal have been tipped to bin a £200,00-a-week star player after news in the last 24 hours.