Mark Halsey believes referee may have broken official protocol with Liverpool penalty decision – Liverpool Echo

A former Premier League referee reckons Stuart Attwell was “told what to do” when he awarded Brighton & Hove Albion a penalty against Liverpool on Saturday and believes the match official broke protocol in coming to his reversed decision.

When Reds left-back Andy Robertson challenged Danny Welbeck, Mr Attwell did not see a foul but was then invited over to view a pitchside monitor as part of a VAR review which resulted in him pointing to the spot and the home side netting a stoppage time equaliser through Pascal Gross.

Mark Halsey, 59, who was a Premier League referee between 1999-2013, didn’t like what he saw at the Amex Stadium though.

He told This Is Futbol : “I keep stressing that we need to hear the conversations that are going on between the referee and VAR.

“It educates everybody what exactly is going on, what is being said.

“They’ve got nothing to hide, let us hear what the conversation that is going on between Stockley Park and the match official – just like we hear in cricket, we hear in rugby.

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“For me, I want to see a referee be strong and stick with their original decision. It’s a contact sport, not every bit of contact is a foul.

“If you look at that incident on Saturday, I don’t think he’s looked at that long enough.

“I think he’s been told what to do. I can’t casually say, ‘Yes he has,’ because we can’t hear what’s being said, but he was there a minimal amount of time looking at that incident.

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“Also, IFAB (International Football Association Board) protocol is that they have to be looking at the incident in real-time, not in slow-mo.

“You can make anything look like you want to make it look in slow-mo.”