Gary Lineker insists Burnley should’ve been given a penalty in the second half of Saturday’s game against West Brom.
At the start of the second half, the ball hit the arm of Kyle Bartley inside the penalty area but nothing was given.
The incident was looked at by VAR but there was nothing doing and play continued as normal.
Lineker clearly thought that a penalty should’ve been given to the Clarets as he took to social media to share his confusion.
On Twitter, the BBC pundit tweeted, “Can’t see how that wasn’t a penalty” in reference to the handball shout against West Brom.
After Semi Ajayi was sent off in the first half it looked for all the world that VAR would punish Albion yet again but on this occasion, Bartley was spared his blushes.
Can’t see how that wasn’t a penalty. #BURWBA
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) February 20, 2021
We share a similar view to Lineker on this occasion as we’re not sure why VAR didn’t send Mike Dean to the monitor.
It did look like a penalty didn’t it.
After the Ajayi decision in the first half, it seemed almost certain that this decision would go against us as well.
The first half decision makes it even stranger that this one wasn’t given in Burnley’s favour because the handball calls were fairly similar.
In any case, it feels like this was the first time a VAR call has gone our way this season. It’s just a shame we couldn’t use it to our advantage and sneak a win.
Bartley has to come in for some criticism here, in our opinion he really got away with one and he needs to avoid errors like this in the next few games.
We will be without Ajayi for the next three games and Bartley needs to step up like he never has before if we are to get anything out of those matches.
In other West Brom news, these WBA fans loved the performance from this loanee against Burnley.