Man City should have had penalty against Liverpool for Trent Alexander-Arnold handball, says former Premier League referee

Trent Alexander-Arnold against Man City
escaped with out gifting away a penalty against Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes that Manchester City should have acquired a penalty against Liverpool when the ball hit Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm within the field.

The Reds went on to win the match 3-1, however the rating was 0-Zero on the time when the ball bounced up within the penalty space and clearly caught the full-back on the arm.

Referee Michael Oliver didn’t give a penalty and Liverpool went down the sector to open the scoring by way of Fabinho simply 22 seconds later.

VAR didn’t overturn the choice and it was conveyed that Alexander-Arnold’s arm was not in an unnatural place, subsequently it was not handball.

However, Halsey disagrees with this determination, going so far as saying that the England worldwide intentionally stopped the ball along with his hand.

‘Manchester City should have had a first-half penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled inside the box,’ Halsey wrote for the Sun.



‘I felt the right-back had his proper arm in an unnatural place, made himself greater and intentionally moved it out to cease the ball going to Raheem Sterling.

‘Therefore I disagree with the statement which claimed it did not meet the considerations for a deliberate handball.’

There was some confusion over the choice because the ball additionally struck Man City participant ’s hand earlier than it hit Alexander-Arnold’s.

However, this was not introduced up within the clarification from the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) so it has been assumed that it performed no half of their determination.

‘In the statement, there was no mention of Bernardo Silva’s unintended handball within the build-up, so presumably the PGMOL had been proud of the City winger’s actions,’ continued Halsey.

‘Referee Michael Oliver may have been blocked by Sergio Aguero and you cannot guess so it went to VAR.’

PGMOL stated: ‘The VAR checked the penalty appeal for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold and confirmed the on-field decision that it did not meet the considerations for a deliberate handball.’

Alexander-Arnold admitted that he was frightened when the ball hit his arm, however says City paid the value for switching off once they didn’t get the choice.

‘Obivously [I was worried], there’s VAR, it has hit me arm, however I believe it’s hit Bernardo Silva’s first,’ stated the full-back. ‘It’s one in every of them the place you have to hold on taking part in and we went down the opposite finish and punished them.



‘They were complaining about the handball, but we’ve gone down the opposite finish, Fabinho’s hit a beautiful striker and we’re 1-Zero up.’

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