Hackett: This may be real reason VAR did not overturn Watkins penalty decision v Tottenham
Keith Hackett claims Aston Villa should have had a penalty when Hugo Lloris wiped out Ollie Watkins during their win over Tottenham.
The former Premier League referee, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Craig Pawson’s body language may have had an influence on VAR.
With the score at 1-0 to Tottenham, Watkins chased a ball into the box before Lloris ploughed into him.
Pawson gave a goal kick after the ball went out and VAR did not review the incident.
Watkins also wasn’t booked for diving, as he was during Villa’s loss to Manchester United a few weeks ago.
Hackett has suggested VAR did not overturn the decision based on how confident Pawson was when he waved away Watkins’ appeals.
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“This is a penalty kick,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The goalkeeper has gone for the man instead of the ball. He has no chance of getting the ball.
“In going for it and stretching he’s brought the player down. That’s a penalty.
“The actions of the referee, his body language when he says no, has that influenced the VAR to not come in?
“The point is, you either give the penalty kick or you give caution for an act of simulation.
“It doesn’t matter that the ball is going out of play.”
Sergio Reguilón’s own goal levelled the scores before Watkins won the game with his first-half strike.
The result leaves Villa 11th in the table ahead of the Premier League’s final round of games.