There is no doubt Ashley Westwood’s goal against Liverpool should have been ruled out… James Tarkowski clearly impedes goalkeeper Alisson
There is no doubt that Ashley Westwood’s opening goal for Burnley at Liverpool should have been ruled out.
As Westwood’s corner swings in, Burnley defender James Tarkowski comes across Alisson and jumps with his arms on the goalkeeper’s shoulders.
This clearly impedes Alisson’s ability to punch the ball or attempt to catch it.
Any contact on the arms of goalkeepers as they attempt to jump should always be given as a foul.
James Tarkowski (No 5) impeded Alisson during the opening goal by Burnley against Liverpool
Jon Moss got it right when he awarded Arsenal a penalty at the Emirates.
Manchester United midfielder Fred attempted to tackle with his wrong leg and caught Alexandre Lacazette on the thigh.
At speed, this type of challenge usually results in a player being knocked off balance and going over, even if the contact is light. It was certainly a foul.
Moss could have booked two United players earlier in the game but neither challenge deserved a red card, as some were advocating.
Fred fouled Alexandre Lacazette, resulting in the penalty for an Arsenal goal on Sunday
Paul Pogba caught Aaron Ramsey around the neck with an arm but there was little force or malice. It was a yellow-card incident at worst.
Ashley Young was a little more fortunate with his challenge on Laurent Koscielny. It was a borderline yellow/red case and, therefore, the referee should always go with the lesser sanction.
The tackle was low and Young’s leg was bent, reducing the force. His studs were up, though, and he deserved a booking.
Raheem Sterling’s first goal against Watford was offside and should not have stood.
It is clear that, when Sergio Aguero makes the pass, Sterling is ahead of the second last defender. He becomes offside when he attempts to play the ball, which he clearly does, even though Watford defender Daryl Janmaat gets a touch first.
Assistant referee Adrian Holmes correctly flagged for offside but was overruled by referee Paul Tierney, and I can only assume he thinks Watford’s Miguel Britos has deflected the ball into Sterling’s path and not Aguero.
It is a very bad decision and is the type of situation which VAR would clear up in no time at all, for it is a matter of fact, not opinion.
Raheem Sterling’s first goal against Watford was offside and should not have stood
It’s clear the Manchester City forward was offside before looping the ball over Ben Foster
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