By Keith Hackett

25th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Normann should be banned after ex-Fifa referee analyses controversial Chelsea footage

Mathias Normann should be starting a three-match ban for denying an “obvious goal” in Norwich City’s 7-0 loss to Chelsea, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Andy Madley had to apply the law despite the game situation.

Normann had his arm extended as he blocked Antonio Rudiger’s goal-bound shot.

It looked destined for the bottom corner with Tim Krul having little hope of keeping it out.

VAR gave the penalty and Mason Mount converted from the spot to give Chelsea a 6-0 lead over 10-man Norwich as Ben Gibson had been sent off.

“Well, I think he’s lucky to escape a red card,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“For me, that is the denial of an obvious goal.

“So, he’s lucky not to get red. I think it might be that Andy Madley did not fully see it. I don’t think he viewed the monitor, I think he should have done.

“The score and game situation does not matter.

“I generally praise his performance, I think Andy Madley is now becoming an established referee in the league.

“You have to apply the law. He’s handled, the referee has confirmed that he’s handled by awarding the penalty. But he’s prevented a goal.

“If he wasn’t there and he hadn’t handled it, the ball would have gone in the back of the net. There might have been a chance of the goalkeeping saving it but for me, that’s a red.”

A red card would have seen Normann miss Norwich’s next three Premier League games.

The 25-year-old would have been absent for games against Leeds United, Brentford and Southampton.

In other news, an injury expert has dropped his verdict on a Chelsea ever-present’s injury blow as ‘alarm bells’ ring.