Premier League explain Tomas Soucek handball penalty not awarded to Chelsea

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Everyone affiliated with Chelsea was disappointed by the decision not to give the Blues a penalty late in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham. Graham Potter’s side has won just one game in 2023. pressure is rising on the former Brighton manager to turn things around as Chelsea manager. Especially given the club’s £323 million spending spree in the January transfer window last month.

As a result, a at the London Stadium would have gone a long way, and a late penalty kick would have allowed Chelsea to secure a much-needed triumph. Joao Felix put the visitors ahead in the first half before Emerson Palmieri equalized for the Hammers against his former club.

Premier League explain Tomas Soucek’s handball penalty not awarded to Chelsea.

Conor Gallagher’s shot struck West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek’s hand late in the second half. Still, despite a big protest from Chelsea’s players claiming a handball, Craig Pawson remained unimpressed and refused to point to the spot.

VAR reviewed the incident, but the authorities at Stockley Park saw nothing in the replays to overturn Pawson’s on-field judgement. The Premier League has recently explained why a penalty was not granted, claiming that because the hand that the ball impacted was the ‘hand that broke the fall,’ a Soucek a spot-kick should not have been given.

“It was a good save,” he quipped. “You need your goalkeeper sometimes to give you the points. It looks like one of those that, if passed, wouldn’t have been overturned, but obviously, it wasn’t given.

“You have to earn your luck. We can’t complain or wait for luck to turn for us, we have to keep working. It looked quite a handball and, like I said, I didn’t know Tomas could get down so easily and save like that.”

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