MARK CLATTENBURG: VAR ‘cannot escape blame’ after Nottingham Forest were denied a penalty when Taiwo Awoniyi was brought down by Martin Dubravka… while Liverpool’s Diogo Jota was awarded a spot-kick for a similar clash

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  • Anthony Taylor gave a penalty for Liverpool for a very similar offence
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Just last month, Liverpool were awarded a penalty at Anfield when Diogo Jota was judged to have been tripped by Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka. 

Soft though it was, the decision was awarded in real time. 

The referee that day? Anthony Taylor, who did not award Nottingham Forest a penalty when Taiwo Awoniyi was tripped by the same keeper. 

It was 2-2 at the time and Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo was right to say this was the moment of the match. 

Awoniyi had more of a case than Jota – the raised right arm of Dubravka made it impossible for him to stay on his feet – yet Forest got nothing. 

Taiwo Awoniyi broke through and past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka only to be brought down with no foul

Taiwo Awoniyi broke through and past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka only to be brought down with no foul 

Just last month Diogo Jota had the same, as he was felled by Dubravka while racing through on goal

Just last month Diogo Jota had the same, as he was felled by Dubravka while racing through on goal

Anthony Taylor (right) was the referee for both of those games, giving the Liverpool penalty but not the Nottingham Forest one

Anthony Taylor (right) was the referee for both of those games, giving the Liverpool penalty but not the Nottingham Forest one

VAR Tony Harrington cannot escape blame as he did not take the chance to let his colleague correct his error. 

It is no wonder Forest fans are asking why it is one rule for the Premier League’s biggest clubs and another for them. 

Nuno Espirito SantoDiogo Jota

Source: Daily Mail

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