Sky pundits come to blows over decision to overturn Liverpool penalty

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Souness felt Liverpool were unfortunate not to win the spot kick


Sky pundits come to blows over decision to overturn Liverpool penalty as Graeme Souness and Roy Keane insist Eric Bailly DID foul Nat Phillips… but Jamie Redknapp say Anthony Taylor was right to overturn his initial decision and rule spot-kick out

  • Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness came to blows over a penalty decision 
  • Liverpool had a spot kick overturned after Eric Bailly collided with Nat Phillips 
  • The Ivorian appeared to make contact with the ball before fouling the defender
  • Souness and Roy Keane judged that Liverpool ought to have had the spot kick
  • Redknapp insisted that the VAR decision was correct on Thursday evening 

Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp were torn over Liverpool‘s overturned penalty against Manchester United, with the Sky Sports pundits coming to blows over the decision at Old Trafford.

Anthony Taylor awarded Jurgen Klopp‘s side the spot kick in the first half after Eric Bailly appeared to make contact with defender Nat Phillips in his own penalty area.

However, the referee was advised to consult the pitchside monitor, with the Ivorian appearing to make contact with the ball before clattering into the Liverpool player. 

Redknapp insisted that Anthony Taylor was correct to overturn his decision

Graeme Souness (L) and Jamie Redknapp (R) clashed over Liverpool’s overturned penalty

Taylor subsequently overturned the decision before Liverpool struck twice before the break to take a crucial lead into the interval at Old Trafford.

And Sky Sports pundits Souness and Redknapp were divided over the penalty decision, with Keane concurring with the Scotsman that United were fortunate to see the decision overturned. 

‘I thought it was a penalty,’ Souness insisted. ‘When we all played the rule was you got the ball first and that meant it wasn’t a penalty. 

‘But now you can get the ball first and they talk about momentum carrying you forward and endangering the opposition. 

Eric Bailly appeared to foul Nat Phillips, leading to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty

Eric Bailly appeared to foul Nat Phillips, leading to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty

However, VAR advised Taylor to review the decision and he overturned the spot kick call

However, VAR advised Taylor to review the decision and he overturned the spot kick call

‘I think it qualifies in both the rules and for me it is a penalty in the modern game.’

‘No penalty, Graeme Souness has gone soft,’ Redknapp responded. 

‘I don’t think it is a penalty. He gets the ball. When you clear the ball there’s always going to be some kind of connection with a player, we have seen it before…’

‘They give a foul for that today,’ Souness interjected.

Redknapp countered: ‘But there has been a couple that have been rescinded as well lately, Balbuena happened.’ To which Souness responded: ‘And a lot more have been given.’

Souness insisted that the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed

Souness insisted that the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed

Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and felt the incident was a penalty

Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and felt the incident was a penalty

Redknapp adamantly responded: ‘I don’t think that is a penalty, he clears the ball Graeme. And there is a slight collision…

‘And that’s the bit that makes it a penalty,’ the Scot quipped.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane intervened, and took the side of Souness.

‘I think it is a penalty. Okay he gets the ball but what happens afterwards,’ the Irishman said.

Liverpool did not allow the overturned decision to affect their game, however, as Diogo Jota levelled the scores before Roberto Firmino strikes either side of the break gave Klopp’s side a healthy lead. 

Marcus Rashford struck with 20 minutes remaining to keep the game alive for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. 

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