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MARK CLATTENBURG: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal should NOT have counted against Crystal Palace

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MARK CLATTENBURG: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal should NOT have counted against Crystal Palace… and Kevin Friend referee should’ve stuck with his initial call over Diogo Jota penalty

  • Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace was marred by officiating controversy 
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal should not have counted as offside in build up 
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side awarded dubious penalty in last few minutes of the game 
  • Mark Clattenburg believes the referee should’ve stuck with his initial decision


Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal should not have stood 

Crystal Palace have every right to be peeved that Liverpool’s second goal was allowed to stand.

When Andy Robertson played the ball into the box, Roberto Firmino was clearly in an offside position. Firmino jumped and made a clear attempt to meet the cross.

If he hadn’t been there, Palace left back Tyrick Mitchell would have headed clear, so the Liverpool striker was interfering with play.

Consequently the ball reached Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored. VAR should have intervened.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Liverpool's second goal, but it should not have counted

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Liverpool’s second goal, but it should not have counted

 Kevin Friend should have stood by his decision

Kevin Friend should have stood by his decision of ‘no penalty’.

Once Diogo Jota had pushed the ball past Vicente Guaita, he moved towards the keeper and caused a collision.

I do not understand why VAR Craig Pawson got involved. There was no clear and obvious error from Friend. The referee saw the incident and did not blow for a foul.

After being sent to his pitch-side monitor, it was a shame Friend did not back himself and decide his original call was correct.

Diogo Jota won Liverpool a late penalty in controversial fashion according to Clattenburg

Diogo Jota won Liverpool a late penalty in controversial fashion according to Clattenburg

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