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Sport Sky pundits come to blows over decision to overturn Liverpool penalty

01:55  14 may  2021
01:55  14 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp were torn over Liverpool's overturned penalty against Manchester United, with the Sky Sports pundits coming to blows over the decision at Old Trafford.

Anthony Taylor awarded Jurgen Klopp's side the spot kick in the first half after Eric Bailly appeared to make contact with defender Nat Phillips in his own penalty area.

However, the referee was advised to consult the pitchside monitor, with the Ivorian appearing to make contact with the ball before clattering into the Liverpool player.

Taylor subsequently overturned the decision before Liverpool struck twice before the break to take a crucial lead into the interval at Old Trafford.

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And Sky Sports pundits Souness and Redknapp were divided over the penalty decision, with Keane concurring with the Scotsman that United were fortunate to see the decision overturned.

'I thought it was a penalty,' Souness insisted. 'When we all played the rule was you got the ball first and that meant it wasn’t a penalty.

'But now you can get the ball first and they talk about momentum carrying you forward and endangering the opposition.

a group of men playing a game of football: Eric Bailly appeared to foul Nat Phillips, leading to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty © Provided by Daily Mail Eric Bailly appeared to foul Nat Phillips, leading to Anthony Taylor awarding the penalty a man who is swinging at a ball: However, VAR advised Taylor to review the decision and he overturned the spot kick call © Provided by Daily Mail However, VAR advised Taylor to review the decision and he overturned the spot kick call

'I think it qualifies in both the rules and for me it is a penalty in the modern game.'

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'No penalty, Graeme Souness has gone soft,' Redknapp responded.

'I don’t think it is a penalty. He gets the ball. When you clear the ball there’s always going to be some kind of connection with a player, we have seen it before…'

'They give a foul for that today,' Souness interjected.

Redknapp countered: 'But there has been a couple that have been rescinded as well lately, Balbuena happened.' To which Souness responded: 'And a lot more have been given.'

a group of young men playing a game of football: Souness insisted that the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed © Provided by Daily Mail Souness insisted that the incident was a penalty in the modern game, but Redknapp disagreed Roy Keane wearing a suit and tie: Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and felt the incident was a penalty © Provided by Daily Mail Former United captain Roy Keane sided with Souness and felt the incident was a penalty

Redknapp adamantly responded: 'I don’t think that is a penalty, he clears the ball Graeme. And there is a slight collision…

'And that’s the bit that makes it a penalty,' the Scot quipped.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane intervened, and took the side of Souness.

'I think it is a penalty. Okay he gets the ball but what happens afterwards,' the Irishman said.

Liverpool did not allow the overturned decision to affect their game, however, as Diogo Jota levelled the scores before Roberto Firmino strikes either side of the break gave Klopp's side a healthy lead.

Marcus Rashford struck with 20 minutes remaining to keep the game alive for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

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