Keith Hackett is baffled as to why Aston Villa were not awarded a penalty in their win against Fulham on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former head of the PGMOL suggested Villa should have been given a spot-kick for Mario Lemina’s coming together with John McGinn moments before VAR intervened on his challenge on Ollie Watkins.
Referee Andy Madley pointed to the spot for the foul on Watkins before he reversed his decision after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.
Penalty overturned by VAR. Madley sees the slight touch from Lemina, and reverses the decision!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 4, 2021
With the scores level at 0-0 at the time, the decision threatened to define Sunday’s clash before Villa came from behind to run out 3-1 winners.
“It was an interesting one,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It’s the first one [challenge on McGinn] where I think the penalty kick should’ve been awarded, not the delayed one.
“I was rather taken aback that when VAR came in, I thought VAR was coming in on that first challenge.
“So when he went to review it [on the monitor] I was almost shouting at my TV set ‘You’re looking at the wrong clip.’
“I think that first one was a penalty and the second one that they reviewed they got it right.
“My concern is, the referee’s not always got the best view because players can cover it, this is where VAR comes in.
“I was surprised. VAR was right to come in, but came in on the wrong one.”
Villa’s victory kept them within touching distance of the European spots.
They sit in ninth, four points behind the sixth-place Liverpool, with games in hand over all of the top-six.