By Kevin Campbell

9th Nov, 2022 | 8:30am

Nottingham Forest controversy 'makes a mockery of the Premier League' as Kevin De Bruyne cited - Campbell

Kevin Campbell has slammed the consistency of officiating in the Premier League after Nottingham Forest striker Emmanuel Dennis was denied a penalty against Brentford.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Forest striker compared the incident at the City Ground to the spot-kick awarded to Kevin De Bruyne against Fulham.

As discussed on Sky Sports (7 November), Dennis went to ground upon contact from Mathias Jensen inside the 18-yard box.

Referee Andre Marriner, who had a good view of the incident, waved played on.

VAR official Lee Mason did not adjudge his colleague to have made a clear and obvious error.

It was one of many controversial decisions during the 2-2 draw.

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When asked by Football Insider if Steve Cooper’s side should have been awarded a penalty, Campbell said: “At the end of the day, the officials have been consistently inconsistent.

“The De Bruyne and Dennis incidents are practically the same.

“The tackle came in on Dennis and the player was nowhere near the ball. Yes, Dennis was a bit theatrical but the player kicked his standing leg. That is why he spun. If he didn’t he could do his knee.

“The De Bruyne one was very similar and the referee pointed straight to the spot.

“It seems to be down to the interpretation of the referee which isn’t right. It is making a mockery of the Premier League.

In other news, a former Premier League referee has claimed Dean Henderson should be banned as controversial Nottingham Forest footage emerges.