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22nd Apr 2024

Nottingham Forest request VAR audio from PGMOL after Everton controversy

Callum Boyle

Ashley Young Forest

They won’t lie down

Nottingham Forest have asked the PGMOL to send them the audio of the conversation between VAR for three separate incidents in their defeat to Everton.

Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Dwight McNeil secured a vital three points for the Toffees as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Forest however were fuming and felt that they should’ve been awarded three penalties during the game and after the game, released an extremely strong statement.

They said: “Three extremely poor decisions – three penalties not given – which we simply cannot accept. We warned the PGMOL that the VAR is a Luton fan before the game but they didn’t change him. Our patience has been tested multiple times. NFFC will now consider its options.”

 The Independent have reported that the FA will investigate the tweet as it “calls into question the integrity of the game”.

Forest request footage

In their latest statement, released on Monday, the East Midlands outfit demanded to hear the footage.

They said: “Nottingham Forest has today submitted a formal request to the PGMOL to release into the public domain the audio recordings between officials during yesterday’s match against Everton at Goodison Park.

“The club has requested this be shared for three key match incidents – Ashley Young’s challenge on Giovanni Reyna (24th minute), Ashley Young’s handball (44th minute) and Ashley Young’s challenge on Callum Hudson-Odoi (56th minute).

“We firmly advocate for the broader football community and supporters to have access to the audio and transcript for full transparency, ensuring the integrity of our sport is upheld.”

‘That is embarrassing’

Jamie Carragher meanwhile compared Forest’s comments to something a fan down the pub would make.

“It tells you where we are in the Premier League when clubs are doing that,” he said on Sky Sports.

“Stuart Attwell and Anthony Taylor have had a horrific day and they should be criticised as it could have real implications. But that, what I’ve just read there on social media. That’s like a fan in a pub.

“That is embarrassing. 

“I get the frustration. That rubbish about the VAR being a Luton fan – they can’t get involved in that. You’ve got to show a little bit of class as a football club.”

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