Former Premier League official agrees with Alan Shearer over controversial Newcastle United incident
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The match was level at 2-2 following goals from Bruno Guimaraes, Anthony Elanga, Fabian Schar and Callum Hudson-Odoi when Taiwo Awoniyi went down inside the Newcastle penalty area following contact with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Referee Anthony Taylor awarded Newcastle a goal kick with VAR refraining from overturning the decision following a check for a potential penalty.
Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo expressed his frustration at the decision following the game as a second Guimaraes strike claimed a 3-2 win for Newcastle.
"We should have had a penalty," he said afterwards. "I saw the replay over and over again. When you have the chance to see it on VAR, it's so obvious and that's why I don't understand [the decision]. "I think [it's the defining moment in the match] because we came from behind twice and that was a chance to take the lead. That was a decisive moment for sure."
“I think it’s a penalty and I can understand the referee not giving it from his angle,” he told Sky Sports. “When you see the replay, I think Dubravka lifts his arm up, which he doesn’t have to and that’s what causes the fall.
"That’s why I thought it was a penalty because it was down, and I understand if the referee says no then, when he brings it up I think that’s when VAR sees it on the replay and that’s why I thought it was a penalty because I think he quite clearly brings his arm up, which he doesn’t have to do.
"There are a number of factors. Maybe the referee has fed back saying he saw it quite clearly and feels he’s just gone over the goalkeeper and pushed the ball too far - but I think there [Dubravka’s arm raised] is why it’s a penalty.”