Tottenham victims of major injustice as controversial new Ryan Sessegnon footage analysed - pundit
Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham should have been awarded a first-half penalty after Trent Alexander-Arnold “shoved” Ryan Sessegnon.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the VAR have yet again seen “something completely different” to the fans watching along at home.
As seen in footage from the Sky Sports YouTube channel (6 November), Sessegnon went to ground inside the 18-yard box under contact from Alexander-Arnold during the first half of Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
Referee Andy Madley did not award a penalty and, after a review, VAR official Darren England did not flag up a clear and obvious error.
Liverpool were 1-0 up at the time but went on to win 2-1 through a brace from Mohamed Salah after Harry Kane also netted to half the deficit.
The Merseysiders sit eighth in the Premier League but now trail fourth-place Tottenham by just seven points.
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Whelan claimed Sessegnon should have been awarded a penalty as Alexander-Arnold stopped him from “retaining the ball”.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Sessegnon has to be stronger – but it’s a penalty.
“He’s pushed him off balance.
“It’s another of these moments in games where the referee and the VAR seem to see something completely different to what we all see.
“He’s pushed him from behind. There’s no intent to get the ball, and it was literally a shove in the back.
“In my opinion, no matter how hard it is – it’s sent the attacker off balance which has stopped him retaining the ball.
“In the eyes of the law, it’s a foul – and it should’ve been a penalty.”