Managing director Mike Riley has personally apologized to Everton boss Frank Lampard for the questionable penalty call in their match against Manchester City on Saturday, in which Everton were denied a penalty.
It appeared that Rodri’s hand had been caught by the ball in the City penalty area, but referee Paul Tierney was disinterested and the judgment was not referred to VAR.
It was reported by Sky Sports News that the head of refereeing in England called Everton manager Frank Lampard and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to apologize for the incident during the game.
In an interview, Lampard said: “The decision is incredible, incredible, and that loses us the opportunity to get what we deserved.”
“We’ve lost a point because of a professional who cannot do his job right. You start searching for whys and I can’t think why. It is so incompetent to get it wrong.
“Pep [Guardiola] will know, Everton fans will know, Man City fans will know, it was the clearest penalty you could give: arm is out – great, below the sleeve – great, I was waiting for the penalty.
“Incompetence at best, at worst who knows? I’ll wait for the statement or apology they do when things are wrong but it will mean nothing.”