By Azeem Siddiqui

16th May, 2022 | 12:00pm

Former referee Mark Halsey opens up on penalty incident in West Ham v Man City

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes that Manchester City were unlucky to not be awarded another penalty in the match against West Ham United.

Gabriel Jesus appeared to be kicked by French defender Kurt Zouma during the first half, however, there was no penalty awarded by the officials.

Halsey, while talking to Caught Offside, stated that not awarding a penalty was a subjective call.

“If Anthony Taylor gives that as a penalty, it stays given,” Halsey said. “There is definite contact from Zouma on Jesus but it’s just one of those that is subjective.

“VAR has had a look at it and deemed it not a clear and obvious error by the match referee, so they haven’t got involved.”

Missed chance

Despite the incident, City players and manager Pep Guardiola would be extremely disappointed after letting go of the chance of maintaining a three-point lead over closest rival Liverpool.

Coming back from two goals down, City had a chance in the 86th minute but Riyad Mahrez’s penalty was saved by West Ham’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to earn his team a massive point at the London Stadium on Sunday.

The result kept the Hammers alive in a race for a finish in the top six as they are currently placed in the seventh spot in the league table with 56 points, just two behind sixth-placed Manchester United with just one matchday to go.

David Moyes and his players will know that they will have to beat their opponent Brighton & Hove Albion in the final game of the season at the American Express Community Stadium to have any hopes of playing in the second-tier European competition.

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