'Vocal' Nuno weighs in on Howard Webb's Nottingham Forest penalty admission

Referee Anthony Taylor is confronted by Chris Wood and Callum Hudson-Odoi during one of the penalty incidents at Goodison Park.
Flashpoint ... Referee Anthony Taylor is confronted by Chris Wood and Callum Hudson-Odoi during one of the penalty incidents at Goodison Park. -Credit:Alex Livesey

Nuno Espirito Santo says Nottingham Forest being vindicated over one of their penalty appeals against Everton does not make up for missing out on a potentially game-changing spot-kick on the day.

Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) chief Howard Webb this week admitted the Reds should have had a penalty for a foul by Ashley Young on Callum Hudson-Odoi in their 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park last month. But he said two other appeals earlier on in the match were “in line with our expectations” after being waved away.

The Reds were left fuming over their three spot-kick shouts being dismissed. In addition to Young’s challenge on Hudson-Odoi, there was also one by the Toffees defender on Gio Reyna and a handball shout against him.

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Referee Anthony Taylor turned down all three claims and was not instructed to go to his monitor by VAR Stuart Attwell. It led to Forest publishing an angry statement at full-time and later calling for the VAR audio of the incidents to be made public.

Audio of the third incident was played on Match Officials Mic'd Up with Webb. Nuno has steered clear of listening to any of it, and he has stuck by his calls for an improvement in the standard of refereeing in the Premier League.

“I still believe the three of them are (penalties),” he said. “But the observation of the PGMOL clearly said the third one was a penalty. Unfortunately they got it wrong.

“It happened before with many situations we had, then the panel has decided and said it was the other way round. We cannot be bothered by that. What we expect is everything to go well and to have good decisions, good refereeing, not interfering with the result. This is what we want, so let’s move forward.

“I always try to be respectful and understand how hard the work of the referee is, not to make any kind of observations. But this year was difficult because there are too many situations happening. I felt it was impossible to control the emotions and that’s why I’ve become so vocal.”

Asked if he felt the audio of the third incident vindicated his concerns over referees amid a number of decisions having gone against Forest, the Portuguese said: “In a point, yes. But it is not only this, it goes back. It has happened a lot of times.

“It’s nice when you have someone, an expert, saying they got it wrong and what you said and saw was right. It makes you feel more comfortable but it doesn’t give you back what happened.”

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