Ref Watch: Penalties in Man Utd win analysed; Etienne Capoue rightly avoided red


Dermot Gallagher

Former Premier League referee

Plus: A handball call in Newcastle’s draw with West Ham and a denied penalty in Burnley’s draw with Sheffield United.

Last Updated: 06/07/20 2:31pm

In this week’s Ref Watch, Dermot Gallagher analyses a series of penalty calls, including two in Manchester United’s win over Bournemouth, and assesses a foul by Watford’s Etienne Capoue.

Man Utd 5-2 Bournemouth

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

INCIDENT: The ball strikes Bournemouth defender Adam Smith in the box and Manchester United are awarded a penalty, which allows Marcus Rashford to put the hosts ahead at Old Trafford.

VERDICT: “Without a doubt he’s blocked the ball going to an opponent. He’s made no attempt to play the ball and I think that’s why Mike Dean’s given the penalty. His arm is outstretched and he’s blocked the ball going to Matic. He makes no attempt to play the ball.”

INCIDENT: Eric Bailly controls a wayward pass from Nemanja Matic with his upper arm and VAR confirmed he was inside the penalty area. Josh King scored the penalty.

VERDICT: “The officials reached the right decision between themselves which is good because it shows VAR works. Mike Dean has got the best view and he judged that Bailly took the ball on the top of his arm. But as the ball is in the air it’s very difficult for him to tell at what point Bailly is but when you put the lines across he was just inside the area and VAR recommended that to the ref and gave the penalty, quite rightly.

Chelsea 3-0 Watford

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