Frank Lampard: My three-year-old knows Everton should have had a penalty

Rodri was not penalised when the ball hit his arm in the area

Everton boss Frank Lampard said his three-year-old daughter would have known his side should have had a penalty for handball in their 1-0 defeat by Manchester City.

A loose ball hit Rodri’s outstretched arm in the box in the closing stages.

Referee Paul Tierney did not give a penalty and the video assistant did not think it was an obvious error.

“There is not a person who watches that… that can’t see that’s a penalty,” Lampard told BBC Sport.

“Something has to be done about that.”

Everton remain in relegation danger, one point above the drop zone, after Phil Foden scored the only goal at Goodison Park.

But Lampard could not believe his side were not given a spot-kick with five minutes to go.

He told Sky Sports: “VAR have two minutes to look at it and to think they have not given that as a penalty when it strikes him on the arm, in an unnatural position. I have a three-year-old daughter at home who could tell you that was a penalty.”

The VAR, Chris Kavanagh, felt there was not conclusive evidence that the ball was more in the ‘red zone’ – the area below the sleeve line – than not, and that was it was not an obvious error.

A diagram of what handball is
If the ball hits the top of the arm, the green area, it is not a handball but anything in the red area should be, according to the Premier League

Lampard added: “We’ve lost a point because of a professional who cannot do his job right. It is so incompetent to get it wrong.

“It was the clearest penalty you could give – arm is out – great, below the sleeve – great, I was waiting for the penalty.

“I’ll wait for the statement or apology they do when things are wrong but it will mean nothing.”

City goalscorer Foden said: “I was just praying, fingers crossed it was not a penalty. I didn’t get a good sight of it but my heart was in my mouth.”

Former England striker Alan Shearer told BBC Match of the Day: “It was very harsh on Everton – Man City had to rely on a ridiculous decision [to take the points].

“Everything points towards a penalty, that is as clear a handball as you are ever going to see. It is a pathetic decision.

“Mike Riley [Premier League referees’ chief] and a lot of his colleagues are having a terrible season.”

Former City defender Micah Richards, a Sky pundit, said: “The player’s face says it all, it is handball. It is below the T-shirt line. It is just ridiculous.

“What has happened with VAR now – everyone said they don’t like it, if it takes ages, people moan. They should take their time and get the right decision. How can that not be clear enough evidence?”

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