Chris Sutton questions officials after Kyle Bartley incident in West Brom loss to Liverpool
Chris Sutton was stunned by the decision to disallow a goal for Kyle Bartley in the second half of the clash between West Brom and Liverpool on Sunday evening.
The visitors ran out 2-1 winners after an astonishing end to the game saw Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson score with a header, but events could have turned out differently if assistant referee Darren Cann hadn’t ruled out an Albion goal in the second half.
Matt Phillips was deemed to be offside and disrupting Alisson’s view as Barley prodded in at the back post, and the VAR did not overrule the on-field decision.
Former Aston Villa striker Sutton had his say on the incident on his personal Twitter profile just before going live on BBC 606.
He wrote, “That’s a remarkable decision to disallow that goal for WBA…doesn’t seem right?”
That’s a remarkable decision to disallow that goal for WBA… doesn’t seem right??
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 16, 2021
Over to the authorities…
We’re awaiting the official explanation from the Premier League and PGMOL but even if it was the correct decision in the official rulebook it still leaves us a sour taste in the mouth.
There was no way that Alisson was going to prevent Bartley from scoring so what does the presence of Phillips have anything to do with it? Does everyone have to stand 10 yards back from the goalkeeper at all times?
It looked farcical to us, and Alisson going on to score the winner further compounded our misery.
The only saving grace was that it doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things as we are already relegated, but imagine that sent us down…it would be chaos on the sidelines and supporters were be up in arms, albeit from a distance with no fans allowed in stadiums.
We made a positive start against the reigning Premier League champions and can be proud of our efforts, but we’re not sure the officials should be as content with themselves.
In other West Brom news, ‘Absolutely berserk’ – Pundit details Klopp fury after Gallagher incident in WBA v Liverpool.