Ex-Premier League referee gives verdict on Sterling’s penalty appeal against Chelsea

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Raheem Sterling believes he was fouled by Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and should have been awarded a penalty during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City.

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has now given his verdict on the incident.

“I think it’s a penalty, it’s clumsy, he doesn’t play the ball,” Gallagher told Premier League Productions when asked about the incident.

“It is a penalty in my view but I think it is so minimal contact that VAR looks at it, is it a clear an obvious error? He’ll say no, leave it with the on-field [decision].

“Many, many times we’ve asked for the on-field referee to make the decision. I think in this case it’s left to the on-field [decision]. I feel he’s got it wrong.

:What I would say is he’s made a genuine decision and I can’t see VAR overturning it.

“What you have to remember is he’s [the VAR official] there to say if it’s a clear and obvious error. I think not, in my view it’s a penalty, but it’s so subjective.

“A lot of people look at that and say there’s not enough contact. Only a few weeks ago we were talking about how many penalties have been given that wouldn’t have been given in previous years because the tolerance level for contact has been brought down so low.

“So I think the balance has got to be – does a referee on the field think it’s a penalty? No. Does the VAR looking at it think it’s a clear and obvious error? He thinks no, so it’s left with the on-field decision.”

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