Everton make formal complaint about ‘quality of officiating’ and demand apology

Everton have made a formal complaint to the Premier League over the ‘quality of officiating’ and have demanded an apology following the club’s VAR controversy against Manchester City.

Everton were denied a late penalty in their 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park after Rodri appeared to handle the ball inside the area, an incident which both referee Paul Tierney and VAR official Chris Kavanagh deemed no penalty.


Frank Lampard was left fuming following the incident and claimed his three-year-old daughter could have given the decision, before slamming the ‘incompetence’ of the Premier League officiating.

“I’ve got a three-year-old daughter at home who could tell you that’s a penalty… It’s incompetence at best, if it’s not that, then someone needs to explain to me what it is,” Lampard said to Sky Sports post-match.

The Athletic are reporting that Everton have now lodged a formal complaint, expressing their concerns over the standard of officiating in the Premier League, while they have also demanded an apology to Frank Lampard and his players.

The Premier League have since issued a statement explaining the decision and said there was ‘not clear enough evidence to show conclusively that it was handball’.

The defeat leaves Everton just one point above the Premier League’s relegation places, whilst Manchester City’s win extended their lead at the top to six points.

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