Richard Keys has blasted referee Michael Oliver for awarding Liverpool a penalty in the early stages of their 4-3 win against Leeds United on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah scored from the spot to put the reigning Premier League champions ahead after his shot hit the arm of new Leeds defender Robin Koch.
Even as Leeds fans, we cannot have too many complaints about the penalty as Koch’s arm was outstretched and it blocked the ball from going towards Illan Meslier’s goal.
But former Sky Sports host Keys says that VAR should have overruled Oliver’s decision to point to the penalty spot.
“Liverpool’s first pen yesterday should never have been given. Michael Oliver was wrong in law – and VAR should’ve picked it up,” said the beIN SPORTS host via his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning.
Liverpool’s first pen yesterday should never have been given. Michael Oliver was wrong in law – and VAR should’ve picked it up. We’ll explain today. Join us #beINSPORTS
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) September 13, 2020
We disagree with Keys – who we think is probably just being controversial of the sake of being controversial.
Keys knows that if he says something that goes against the grain it’ll get a reaction, even if Oliver’s decision was a simple one to make.
Koch’s arm was outstretched and stopped a goalbound effort. It was a penalty and we have no complaints about it.
Keys’ tweet has done what it was intended to do, unfortunately, with plenty of fans nipping at the bait to disagree with the disgraced former Sky employee.
Strange how Alan Shearer said absolutely a penalty. From a guy who has actually played the game. Again the Katie Hopkins of punditry twerking for rival fans.
— christian gustafsson (@chrisgus71) September 13, 2020
Nailed on pen. What are you on about lol. Hand was stretched so far outside his body and blocked the shot.
— InteristaFromEgypt (@InteristaFromEg) September 13, 2020
oh !!! okay pic.twitter.com/r5zKXX75tG
— Roy🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@RoyAbhijitAR) September 13, 2020
Koch will be disappointed to have given away that penalty just minutes into his Leeds debut but the Germany international did well considering that happened and the fact that the Whites conceded four goals.
He’ll only improve and hopefully once Liam Cooper is available to play alongside him, we’ll see a far more rigid Leeds defence.
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