Former Liverpool man rages about Nottingham Forest treatment during Everton loss

Neco Williams believes that his Nottingham Forest side were denied three "blatant penalties" during their defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Long-distance strikes from Idrissa Gueye and Dwight McNeil in either half earned the Blues a vital 2-0 victory. The win liftedSean Dyche’s side five points above the drop zone.

However, in the immediate aftermath of the full-time whistle going at Goodison, Forest released a statement in which they said they are "considering their options" over "extremely poor" refereeing decisions during the game.

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They also said they had "warned" the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) that the VAR official for the game was a Luton Town fan. The Hatters currently occupy the final place in the drop zone.

The Football Association have already confirmed that they will investigate the statement, while Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo agreed with the club’s stance on the decisions of the officials after the game.

And, in a separate interview with Sky Sports, Forest full-back Williams went a step further and claimed that the "top six teams" clubs in the Premier League would all have been given the penalties - as well as saying that his side continues to be on the wrong end of decisions.

Williams, who used to play for one of the so-called 'big six' in Liverpool, said: “Listen, it is three clear, blatant penalties. Everyone watching that game knew they were all penalties. They are clear.

“Every single week, this happens now. We are getting decisions against us, and I don’t know why. Is it because we are a lower-bottom half team?

“Because I guarantee all of the top-six teams are getting every single one of them, and I know every single person watching that game today knew all three of them were clear blatant penalties.

“It is ridiculous, and it is week after week now. We are getting these decisions against us. I am not here to make excuses; I am not that type of person, but every week it is something.

“I don’t know what it is, but it needs to stop now. It is three clear, blatant penalties.”

Williams then continued: “Every single one of them. Gio Reyna, he has kicked him, clear pen. The handball, we have tried playing it back across, and he has handballed it.

"Callum (Hudson-Odoi), when he is clear on goal, they are all three clear penalties, and like I say, I am not here to make excuses, but it changes the game massively.

“At the end of the day, we are down there and fighting to stay in this league. We are having absolutely zero help from the Premier League and everyone up in the rooms.

“The referee has got to see that as well. He can’t just rely on VAR. I can’t make it anymore clear that they were all three penalties.

“To be honest, it is ridiculous now. Absolutely ridiculous, and I have got nothing to say on it.”