Frank Lampard accuses Stuart Attwell of favouritism after Everton loss

‘It is a penalty… I don’t think you get them here’: Frank Lampard accuses referee Stuart Attwell of favouritism as he claims Everton were denied a spot-kick in their defeat by Liverpool – with result sending them into the drop zone

  • Everton lost to Liverpool 2-0 and ended the day in the Premier League drop zone 
  • Frank Lampard believes that referee Stuart Attwell displayed signs of favouritism
  • Attwell was unmoved when Anthony Gordon tumbled inside the penalty area 
  • Gordon left Anfield complaining about why the incident was not referred to VAR 

Frank Lampard accused referee Stuart Attwell of favouritism after claiming Everton were denied a penalty on the day they tumbled into the relegation zone.

Anthony Gordon appeared to be brought down by Liverpool defender Joel Matip in the 53rd minute when the Merseyside derby was locked at 0-0 but Attwell, who had earlier booked the Everton youngster for diving, was not moved.

Gordon left Anfield chuntering to a club official about why the incident had not gone to VAR and later posted about it on Twitter.

Frank Lampard accused referee Stuart Attwell of favouritism after Everton’s loss at Liverpool

Anthony Gordon went to ground under pressure from Joel Matip but no penalty was awarded

Lampard was equally gobsmacked by the decision and felt it was crucial as his side ended up losing 2-0.

‘It is a penalty in the second half,’ said the Everton manager. ‘I don’t think you get them here.

‘If it is Mo Salah at the other end, you get a penalty. I have played in teams in the top half of the league, you get them.’ 

Divock Origi came off the bench to create a goal and score another, leaving Everton deflated

Everton are now two points behind Burnley with a game in hand but Lampard is adamant his team will hold their nerve.

‘This result doesn’t change it,’ he said. ‘I expected Burnley to get a result (against Wolves).

‘We have six games to their five. The penalty is the disappointment. In the cold light of day I think it is a penalty.’

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