Everton duo Lampard, Kenwright receive apology over VAR controversy

Date published: Tuesday 1st March 2022 11:44 - News Desk

Everton boss Lampard on Rodri

Everton duo Frank Lampard and Bill Kenwright have received an apology from Mike Riley following the mistakes made during their defeat to Man City.

Lampard blasted VAR official Chris Kavanagh for not doing “his job right” after his side’s 1-0 loss at Goodison Park.

Kavanagh did not advise Paul Tierney over a handball from Man City midfielder Rodri. Everton should have been awarded a late penalty for this incident.

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Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale wrote to the Premier League on Monday with the club’s concerns and demanded an apology.

The PA news agency understands Riley, managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, subsequently called both Lampard and chairman Bill Kenwright to apologise for the mistakes made around the incident.

After the match, Lampard said: “The decision is incredible and that loses us the opportunity to get what we deserved.

“That’s a VAR call. That’s Chris Kavanagh. It wouldn’t have needed more than five seconds to know it was a penalty.

“He (Kavanagh) should have either told the referee to give it or told him to go look at it.

“We’ve lost a point because of a professional who cannot do his job right.”

Manager Pep Guardiola accepts Manchester City were fortunate not to concede a late penalty during the weekend Premier League victory at Goodison Park.

Guardiola said: “At the pass of Dele Alli it looked offside but if it is not offside it is a penalty.”

Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to feature in City’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Championship strugglers Peterborough on Tuesday, Guardiola has said.

Ukraine international Zinchenko was visibly moved by the displays of solidarity shown with his homeland, following Russia’s invasion of the country, during Saturday’s Premier League game at Everton.

Guardiola added: “Absolutely, I think it will be good for him to play and show the reason why he is here, to play football.”

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