Liverpool’s penalty in their 2-0 win over Watford infuriated former Premier League striker Dean Ashton during a talkSPORT debate.
Fabinho converted a late kick to secure three points for the Reds after a VAR review punished Hornets midfielder Juraj Kucka for obstructing Diogo Jota.
Reacting to Anfield, talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface described the challenge as a ‘rugby tackle’ and an ‘obvious offence’.
But former West Ham star Ashton was adamant the penalty should not have been awarded, arguing that referees ignore similar offenses all the time.
He told talkSPORT: “It happens in every game! All players in the game fight and fall to the ground from one corner.
“We’re going to have to watch them all, surely?” People will say, “Why isn’t it picked up every game and given to our team?”
“It’s not near the ball but the referees decide: ‘We’re going to choose this one’.
“They chose that when the ball is not near them, they are not even involved in the game. It baffles me.
“I see it all the time. It’s either we review every single one of them across the country or we don’t.
Continuing the debate after the match, Ashton joked, “Sam is going to go do some interviews, but if it was up to me, I’d keep him here and we’d keep arguing!” It frustrates me.
And Watford boss Roy Hodgson was also dismayed by the sanction decision.
He told talkSPORT: “A penalty is given when nobody on the pitch thought there was a penalty.
“Having that against you is the only disappointment. It leaves a bad taste.
“I can accept 1-0 but it’s hard to accept 2-0 when a decision like that goes against you.”
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