Premier League releases statement on penalty decision in Burnley vs Arsenal

Arsenal were denied an opportunity on a call for a penalty by both the referee and VAR. ( Photo by Getty Images)

The English Premier League, EPL, has explained the decision not to award Arsenal a penalty in Saturday’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Arsenal were angered in the 75th minute when Nicolas Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box sent the ball hitting Erik Pieters’ outstretched arm, but the Gunners were denief a penalty after a VAR review.

Goals from Chris Wood and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave both teams a point each.

In a statement given to SunSport, the Premier League said: “The ball has hit him from close proximity and he’s had no time to react.

” It wasn’t given on-field and the VAR didn’t think it was a clear error.”

Reacting to the incident former Chelsea forward Joe Cole said: “This is a penalty for me, I think everyone at home will agree.

“it’s staggering that VAR hasn’t given it. Arteta will be furious with that.”

Former Arsenal  captain Martin Keown added: “For me that’s definitely handball. Out comes the arm.

“How have VAR looked at that and said no? It’s beyond me.”

Later, Arsenal were awarded a penalty with Pepe and Pieters again involved.

The Gunners’ record signing fired a volley from inside the box to the goal and somehow Pieters blocked it at the bar.

Initially, he was shown a red card with a penalty awarded, but VAR overruled with replays revealing it struck his shoulder.

The draw means Arsenal are now in the tenth position on the EPL log with 38 points from 27 games.

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