Newcastle United were “very unlucky” not to be awarded a penalty when Callum Wilson had a late goal ruled out for handball against Liverpool, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted Trent Alexander-Arnold fouled the 29-year-old before the ball hit his arm and his goal was ruled out.
Wilson latched onto a ball over the top from Allan Saint-Maximin and appeared to be pushed by Alexander-Arnold before his strike was saved by Allison.
🎙 John Anderson's reaction to Callum Wilson's disallowed goal yesterday… 😅🤯
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 25, 2021
The goalkeeper’s save deflected onto his arm and he then finished into an empty net before VAR chalked his effort off.
He took to Instagram after the game to label the handball law as “embarrassing and killing the game”.
Alan Shearer insisted on Match of the Day Steve Bruce’s side should have been awarded a spot-kick.
And Hackett is in full agreement with the Newcastle legend and former manager.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “This is a definite penalty.
“Alexander-Arnold’s done enough to foul him.
“I think they were very unlucky that they didn’t get a penalty kick and very unlucky that it wasn’t reviewed [by VAR].
“It wouldn’t have been a red card. Alexander-Arnold’s committed the offence and Ozan Kabak was on hand.
“It’s a penalty kick. He got away with one.”
While Wilson’s injury-time strike was ruled out, Newcastle scored an equaliser through Joe Willock in the dying stages.
Bruce’s side are now unbeaten in their last four Premier League games and are nine points clear of Fulham who occupy the final relegation place with five games left to play.