EPL: Why VAR denied Arsenal penalty in Everton defeat
Former Premier League referee Peter Walton has explained why Arsenal were not given a penalty during their 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.
Defender Gabriel Magalhaes felt his team should have been awarded a penalty after he was tripped by Neal Maupay on Saturday.
A James Tarkowski header handed the Gunners their second defeat of this Premier League campaign.
Things could have been different if Arsenal were awarded a spot-kick shortly after Tarkowski’s goal.
It appeared as if Gabriel had been tripped by Maupay, which in turn sent the Brazilian clattering into Idrissa Gueye.
Referee David Coote gave Everton a free-kick, which led to more appeals from the Arsenal stars.
While this was going on, VAR checked the incident and eventually stood by Coote’s on-field decision.
“The initiation of contact was from the Arsenal player, so I don’t think this will be given as a penalty kick; certainly there was enough contact there, but not a penalty kick,” Walton said during BT Sport’s coverage of the clash.
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