PGMOL apologise to Everton after VAR failed to award them penalty in Man City defeat 4 months ago

PGMOL apologise to Everton after VAR failed to award them penalty in Man City defeat

PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley made personal phone calls to Bill Kenwright and Frank Lampard to apologise

The General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), Mike Riley, has personally apologised to Everton after VAR failed to award them a penalty at the weekend.

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During the final minutes of Everton's game against Manchester City on Saturday, City midfielder Rodri clearly struck the ball with his arm during an attempted clearance, however both referee Paul Tierney and VAR official Chris Kavanagh failed to award a spot-kick.

The decision caused outrage among the fans at Goodison Park as the away side held onto a 1-0 win and manager Frank Lampard vented his frustrations during his post-match interview - levelling the blame at Kavanagh.

In his astonishing interview, he accused Kavanagh of not being able to do his job properly and described it as "incompetence at best."

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He said: "We've lost a point by a professional who can't do his job right. It's incompetence at best. At worst, who knows?

"That's Chris Kavanagh. It's completely on Chris. The referee [Paul Tierney] on the day knows it was a penalty. [But] he couldn't see it.

"The decision is incredible, incredible that loses us the opportunity to get what we deserved. It wouldn't have needed more than five seconds to know it was a penalty. He should have told the referee to give it or to look at it."

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The Toffees made a formal complaint demanding an apology and on Monday, as per Sky Sportsreceived an apology after the head of the PGMOL personally phoned Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and Lampard.

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Everton's defeat to Manchester City means they now sit just one point above the relegation zone in 17th place - and could fall into the bottom three if closest challengers Burnley avoid defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night.

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