Mark Clattenburg has criticised referee Anthony Taylor, accusing him of adopting inconsistent approaches to penalty incidents in matches involving Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
Taylor officiated at the City Ground where Nottingham Forest suffered a 3-2 defeat against Newcastle on Saturday, with Bruno Guimaraes netting the winning goal 24 minutes from time.
Forest found themselves unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty at a crucial moment with the score tied at 2-2, as Taiwo Awoniyi was brought down by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the box.
Despite clear contact observed in replays, both referee Taylor and VAR rejected Forest’s appeals, infuriating manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Mark Clattenburg, who is a former Premier League referee, claims that Nottingham Forest had a stronger case for a penalty compared to Liverpool’s situation a month prior when Diogo Jota won a spot-kick after a similar challenge by Dubravka.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, the 48-year-old said, “Just last month, Liverpool were awarded a penalty at Anfield when Diogo Jota was judged to have been tripped by Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka.
“Soft though it was, the decision was awarded in real time.
“The referee that day? Anthony Taylor, who did not award Nottingham Forest a penalty when Taiwo Awoniyi was tripped by the same keeper.
“It was 2-2 at the time and Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo was right to say this was the moment of the match.
“Awoniyi had more of a case than Jota – the raised right arm of Dubravka made it impossible for him to stay on his feet – yet Forest got nothing.
“VAR Tony Harrington cannot escape blame as he did not take the chance to let his colleague correct his error.
“It is no wonder Forest fans are asking why it is one rule for the Premier League’s biggest clubs and another for them.