Premier League clears air over penalty decision

The English Premier League has released a statement outlining why Manchester United was not given a penalty in their match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford’s free-kick was stopped by Edouard Mendy in the first half of Chelsea’s match against Manchester United, and the ball appeared to hit Callum Hudson-Odoi arm on many occasions.

While the ball also appeared to hit the arm of Man United striker, Mason Greenwood, which occurred after the contact from Hudson-Odoi.

Referee Stuart Atwell was called over to watch the incident on the pitch-side monitor following a VAR review, but he decided not to award a penalty.

However, the Premier League has now issued a statement on the matter, which read: “The VAR asked the referee to look at the incident again, but he stuck to his on-field decision as he felt that Hudson-Odoi didn’t move his hand towards the ball.”

The draw means Chelsea are still in the fifth position on the log, while Man United are in the second position with 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Meanwhile, a former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has said that he was baffled as to how referee Stuart Attwell did not award Manchester United a penalty against Chelsea.

He said, “I am amazed Manchester United were not awarded a penalty in the first half for the clear handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“How Attwell did not then point to the spot, having been shown the same angles that we were, is a mystery.”

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