MARK CLATTENBURG: Arsenal’s penalty and West Ham’s red card were both plain WRONG… I’m amazed inexperienced VAR official Peter Bankes didn’t tell Anthony Taylor to check the monitor
We had another VAR and penalty controversy coming on the back of the weekend — and this one at Arsenal was wrong, no doubt about that.
West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal won the ball from Alexandre Lacazette.
It was a genuine attempt and a good challenge. How could that be a penalty?
Vladimir Coufal was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Alexandre Lacazette
Referee Anthony Taylor sent Coufal off and awarded Arsenal a penalty in the second-half
Lacazette missed from the penalty spot but Arsenal still managed to take a 2-0 victory
The VAR, Peter Bankes, should have sent Anthony Taylor to the pitchside monitor and he should have rescinded both the penalty and second yellow card for Coufal. OK, the penalty was saved, but West Ham were down to 10 men.
Was this Bankes, who is an inexperienced VAR, worried about upsetting Taylor, one of the more experienced referees in the group?
Taylor got it wrong and the error was compounded by VAR not intervening to correct it.
It was a clear and obvious error, that is why VAR exists. I cannot believe Bankes did not advise Taylor to take a look.
VAR official Peter Bankes did not then advise Taylor take a look at the monitor afterwards