Former FIFA referee gives verdict on Chelsea’s penalty decision against Manchester United

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Chelsea were denied a penalty in the goalless draw against Manchester United despite Manchester United defender Harry Maguire wrestling Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta in the United box.

Former Premier League and FIFA referee Mark Halsey insists Chelsea were denied a clear penalty.

“I thought Chelsea were denied a clear penalty when Harry Maguire was guilty of a holding offence on Azpilicueta,” he told CaughtOffside.

“I understand why it was difficult for Martin Atkinson to see the incident with perhaps players blocking his view, but I do not understand why VAR official, Stuart Attwell, has not recommended a review.

“In my opinion, it’s a clear and obvious error by the on-field referee.”

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